Undergraduate Course Descriptions
ICSE-101 Development of Inner City Children, 3 cr. An examination of traditional theories of child growth and development in the light of recent findings of interdisciplinary research on the behavior of disadvantaged children in urban settings. Special emphasis on inner city family structures as well as those informal and formal systems that contribute to personality formation.
ICSE-102 The Paraprofessional in the Inner City School, 3 cr. Introduction to educational philosophies and teaching techniques relevant to inner city schools from pre- school through upper elementary grades as they pertain to the paraprofessional (teacher aide). Considerable focus on teacher aide-pupil relationships and teacher aide-parent relationships. Special projects will deal with practical classroom situations and motivational techniques. Students will be exposed to new materials and media and trained to select those especially applicable to inner city youth.
ICSE-103 Introduction to Inner City Studies, 3 cr. An overview of the problems of minority groups in large urban settings. Includes the study of mental and physical health, and community services.
ICSE-104 Introduction to Ethno-Musicology, 3 cr. An introduction to the music of each Ethnic group: Spanish descent, African-American and Indian with historical analysis of each group’s musical origins.
ICSE-105 Urban Art Forms, 3 cr. Survey of contemporary art forms that compares themes, types of materials, and designs with those of the past.
ICSE-106 Inner City Behavior Patterns, 3 cr. A psychological approach to the distinctive life-style patterns that permeate all facets of inner city living.
ICSE-201 History and Culture of Ethnic Groups in America, 3 cr. An examination of religious, social, economic, and political aspects of ethnic groups in the United States, namely: Spanish descent, African Americans, American Indians, etc.
ICSE-202 Colonial Systems, 3 cr. The history, culture, politics and economics of external and internal colonialism from the 17th century to the present. Restricted to undergraduates.
ICSE-203 Revolutionary Movements, 3 cr. Comparative study of various contemporary revolutionary movements including domestic revolts.
ICSE-204 Introduction to African Civilizations, 3 cr. An introductory survey of African civilizations, concerned with the major culture of Africa before the invasions by the modern, Western European nations of the 15th and 16th centuries.
ICSE-205 Ethnic Politics in America, 3 cr. A study of the way various ethnic and social groups relate to local and national politics. Examination of the various ways by which ethnic groups in America have obtained political strength. It will investigate ethnic activities in this area on the local and national levels.
ICSE-301 Racism in Theory and Fact, 3 cr. Study of race and culture as related to social and racist theories. Focus will be on such issues as prejudice, racial superiority, and racial group interaction.
ICSE-302 The Inner City Community, 3 cr. The study of the politics, economics, and social structure of the inner city. In addition, the ecological approach will be covered.
ICSE-303 Theory and Methodology in Ethnic Group Research, 3 cr. Examination of literature and theories that relate to research of minority communities and individuals. Examination of the various theoretical frameworks and models that have been developed from research of various ethnic groups. An examination of the methods used in collecting such data will also be undertaken.
ICSE-304 Communication in the Inner City, 3 cr. An examination of the cultural barriers and racial myths which impede inter-cultural communication. Development of a theory of inter-cultural communication with emphasis on means of disseminating ideas, news and propaganda in inner city communities.
ICSE-305 Business Welfare and Labor Systems in America, 3 cr. A study of political, economic, and social aspects of the labor welfare economy as related to group structure. Problems posed by automation, cybernation, and discrimination will be studied in-depth.
ICSE-324 Problems in Testing Inner-City Children, 3 cr. Special problems in administering, interpreting, and constructing tests for inner city children.
ICSE-326 Language Behavior in Inner-City Communities, 3 cr. Review of the literature and research on language problems in the inner city, methods, and programs for speech, reading, and listening improvement, and utilization of learning aids.
ICSE-327 Seminar in Administrative Practicum, 2 cr. Designed to provide orientation, overview and evaluation of practicum experience. Must be taken concurrently with ICSE-328. Prerequisite: ICSE-305.
ICSE-328 Administrative Practicum, 4 cr. A ten week assignment in an inner city administrative unit, governmental or private. Designed to give the student experience in administration and administrative problems of various agencies and organizations. The student will be supervised by a cooperating administrator working with the faculty practicum supervisor. Must be taken concurrently with ICSE-327. Prerequisite: ICSE-305.
ICSE-329B Constitutional Issues and Race Relations, 3 cr. This course is designed to give a brief look into one of the greatest written constitutions of any country, and its effect on inner city communities with particular emphasis on race and issues presented as a result of legal and administrative enforcement of the constitution. The course is structured in a manner to encourage reading, research, critical thinking, and analytical writing.
ICSE-329C Inner City Organization and Institution Building, 3 cr. This course is primarily a survey of the socio-political dynamics of inner city organization and institution building. An ecological framework will be utilized to guide our examination. The course will encompass three principal areas of concern: 1. an overview of organizations and institutions within the context of social organization; 2. issues relevant to inner city organization and institution building 3. methodological tools to develop a proposal to conduct an ethnographic study of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Moreover, current social findings concerning inner city organization and institution building will be examined.
ICSE-329D Advanced Ethnomusicology, 3 cr. This course is intended to provide students with a clear knowledge base for research in the field of ethnomusicology. The course will engage students in research approaches that have evolved to define this discipline, and to encourage new and creative approaches which will inspire investigations that will enhance and evolve the field. The focus of the course is centered in the development and coordination of field research, comparisons of music in various cultural contexts, and evaluating and incorporating data. Research incentives and initiatives will be drawn from prescribed readings, class discussions, and a model project designed by the instructor.
ICSE-329E The Oral Tradition and the Inner City Community, 3 cr. This course explores the social, political, and cultural forces that influence hip hop culture and the rap music industry. Ecological conceptual models will be used to determine if multinational media conglomerates function as one massive empire that uses some aspects of the rap music industry as cultural imperialism, or if they are simply involved with hip hop for classic capitalism purposes, or a combination of both.
ICSE-329F Contemporary Issues in the Inner City, 3 cr. This course focuses on the contemporary issues surrounding inner city communities in the United States. It specifically examines the economic, political, educational, and environmental underpinnings of such communities. Throughout this course the major issues effecting the environment of inner city communities, specifically, miseducation, and the misuse and abuse of economic and political power are discussed, debated, researched and resolved. In addition, the discussion of racism as the underlying cause of the historic and contemporary issues in the inner city is explored.
ICSE-329G Comparative Inner City Communities, 3 cr. Course examines historical and contemporary aspects of inner city life in major urban areas in the United States and abroad. It will include the study of the demographics, politics, economics, and social structure, as well as the systems and institutions which affect these inner city communities. The central focus of the course is the comparative exploration of the nature and function of the historical and contemporary role of inner city communities within major cities internationally. The course is research-oriented. Students are organized into teams to explore two major cities in each of the countries: United States, Africa, Caribbean, and Europe.
ICSE- 329H Inner City Development, 3 cr. This course examines the development in inner city communities in the city of Chicago since 1970 and tracks future plans for development. Students will examine the economic, political, social and cultural development of inner city communities and how this development impacts the residents of these communities. This examination will include a thorough look at the development efforts of the city, state, and federal governments, as well as the efforts of private and non-profit agencies.
ICSE-329I History and Culture of the Caribbean, 3 cr. This course is designed to explore the history and culture of the Caribbean since the 15th century. The impact of European exploration, imperialism, colonialism, and slavery on indigenous populations and African people will be investigated. African responses to the transatlantic slave trade system will be examined. The intent of this course is to assist students in developing knowledge, critical reading and thinking skills, and research and writing skills.
ICSE-329L African Communications, 3 cr. This course is designed to examine verbal and non-verbal communication in African and African American culture, including speaking, writing, the visual arts, song, instrumental music, dance, and film. Perspectives on linguistic and artistic expression will be explored. The role of the “Creative Word” in communication will also be considered. Approaches to building cultural knowledge, competence, and literacy will be analyzed. Lectures and discussion will inform instruction.
ICSE-329M Urban Africa, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze urban African societies. It also focuses on the conflicts and historical developments within African Nation-States and the impact of European Colonialism on their development. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing the social, economic, political, and military relationships with state formation and their value to worldwide African community of the past and the impact on contemporary society.
ICSE-329N African Education, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze various aspects of Traditional African Education. It also focuses on the conflicts and historical development of various ideas surrounding the question of Traditional African Education and African-Centered Education as they relate to educational, psychological, sociological, and political thoughts which impact the current African world community. The materials incorporated will reflect the cultural, anthropological, linguistic, psychological and philosophical factors impacting the historical development of African Education.
ICSE-329O West African Life, History, and Culture, 3 cr. This course will define the Eurocentric worldview vs. the African-Centered worldview. It will trace civilization back to its African origins and highlight ancient West African history, specifically that of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. Finally, we will examine the resistance and fall of West Africa and the loss of West African intellectual property, as well as how the history of West Africa is becoming increasingly relevant to the lives of Africans throughout the Diaspora today.
ICSE-329P History of Africa, 3 cr. This course is designed to discuss and analyze various aspects of African Civilizations. It also focuses on the conflicts and historical development of various pre-colonial African kingdoms to the rise of Eurasian colonialism and the Slave Trade. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing the relationship between ancient Eurasian and African contacts in the past and the impact it has on present day dynamics and circumstances. The materials incorporated will reflect the cultural, anthropological, linguistic and psychological factors impacting the historical development and the current status of African people.
ICSE-329R Alternative Political Systems: Pan-Africanism or Marxism, 3 cr. This course is designed to provide students with the historical backgrounds of the Pan African Movement and Marxism. The course will also familiarize students with the latest trends and developments regarding the present day Pan African Movement and the continued interplay between Marxist ideology and its relationship to the newly established African Union.
ICSE-329T Black Politics in Urban America, 3 cr. Students are introduced to the history, theories, and contemporary practice of Black Politics in Urban America. Course examines historical and contemporary structure and political system of the African American Community from an interdisciplinary perspective. It examines the political and historical foundations of the African political system, its survival and adaptation to the changing American political terrain. It examines cultural and political behavior from the enslaved African regime to present Urban America by utilizing concepts of urban politics and inner city studies as the prism from which to review the passage of time and structural changes in the last three centuries.
ICSE-329U The Political History of Black Chicago, 3 cr. This course is designed to acquaint students with the history of Black Chicago's political struggle from the early beginnings of the city to the present to facilitate awareness of their political environment and how it affects their lives and the lives of inner city residents. In addition, the course is designed to assist the student in developing research and writing skills by examining the rich store of primary source material available relative to the political history of Black Chicago.
ICSE-329V Elite Theory and American Democracy, 3 cr. The purpose of this course is to examine social organization and theories of power to determine who really rules America. Moreover, we will delve into the process of how the power elite maintain and enhance their power in society. Edward Shils reminds us that society has a center. Our goal will be to examine this "center" to determine how it impinges in various ways on those who live within American society.
ICSE-329W Inner City Institutions, 3 cr. This course examines the various institutions in inner city communities and the roles they play within these communities. The course will specifically evaluate the political economy generated by these institutions which are created, funded, and operate from sources outside of the inner city community. The topic of fiscal budgeting and management of the city government and how it relates to inner city institutions, as well as the institutional generation and allocation of funds will be examined to analyze how the funding process facilitates structural advantages and/or disadvantages in the inner city community.
ICSE-331 Literature of Ethnic Groups, 3 cr. Approach to the study of ethnic cultures through literature written by and about those groups; study of literary works concerned with African descendents, Southern Mountain Whites, American Indians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans. Insight into the cultural attributes of these groups through the reading of novels, plays, biographies, essays, poems, and short stories.
ICSE-332 Inner City Careers, 1 cr. Enables students to explore information about themselves and the world of work in an effort to make personal career decisions. Emphasizes the communications process in the work world.
ICSE-333 Inner City Careers, 2 cr. Enables students to survey career areas being considered as their life’s work. Students are exposed to career conditions, requirements, income ranges, etc. of the careers under consideration. Emphasis is placed on compiling data through student research, about people functioning in career areas, and potential employers. Students also explore processes of seeking specific employment positions. Prerequisite: admission to College of Education with a major in inner city studies.
ICSE-334 Inner City Careers, 3 cr. Students are required to serve as “workers” (usually time without pay) in the career areas of their choice. In addition, the course requires considerable thought on students’ part and a written prospectus of how they would use their chosen career to benefit inner city communities if given the opportunity. Prerequisite: admission to College of Education with a major in inner city studies.
ICSE-348 Intergroup Dynamics, 3 cr. Study of how to help pupils and parents of different races interact harmoniously; practice in directing activities that will enhance intercultural relationships through such techniques as role playing, panel discussions, and public speaking.