Agenda Item FA 14-43

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Arts and Sciences (Graduate) -

(Biology, English, Political Science & Public Administration): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study changes (4 packages)

12/04/14: Passed

12/09/14: Approved

Log Number: 201408-55

Biology - Graduate

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program

Master of Science - Biology Major

 

Summary of the Changes:

This APC package contains three action items: (1) updates to the Biology Master of Science Program of Study to accurately reflect the new courses developed and approved by APC last year; (2) one new course, Advanced Animal Behavior (ZOO 5xxx) that will be cross-listed with the undergraduate Animal Behavior (ZOO 4513) course; and two C (lecture and lab combined) courses (Advanced Marine Mammal Biology (BSC 5487C) and Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (BCH 5418C)) that are cross-listed with undergraduate courses were requested by the registrar to be split into separate lecture and laboratory courses to match the structure of the undergraduate courses.

(Click here for the program of study)

 

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Adv Biology of Marine Mammals

ZOO

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

487 C

The registrar has requested that this course be changed from a C course, lecture and lab combined, to two separate courses a 3 credit lecture and 1 credit laboratory so that the course offerings match the undergraduate course to which it is cross- listed (ZOO4485, Biology of Marine Mammals and ZOO4485L Biology of Marine Mammals Laboratory). Here the 4 credit C course (BSC 5487C) is changed to a lecture only course (BSC 5487) of 3 credits. A new 1 credit laboratory course (Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals Laboratory (BSC 5487L)) has been added.

New Course Description:

This course is designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of the biology and ecology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. Selected topics would include taxonomy, zoogeography, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals. Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals Laboratory (ZOO 5487L) is a required co-requisite for this course. 

 

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Adv Mol Biol Biochem

BCH

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

418 C

The registrar has requested that this course be changed from a C course, lecture and lab combined, to two separate courses a 3 credit lecture and 1 credit laboratory so that the course offerings match the undergraduate course to which it is cross-listed (BCH4024, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and BCH4024L, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory). Here the 4 credit C course (BCH 5418C) is changed to a lecture only course (BCH 5418) of 3 credits. A new 1 credit laboratory course (Advanced Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory (BSC 5487L)) has been added.

New Course Description:

This course offers an advanced survey of the structure, functional properties, synthesis, and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Primary literature will also be presented and critically evaluated. Co-requisite: BCH 5418L, Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory. 

 

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Advanced Animal Behavior
(3 crs)

ZOO

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course focuses on developing an advanced understanding of animal behavior from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Using a comparative approach, we will explore the basic questions of how and why animals behave in certain ways to survive, obtain resources and reproduce. Case studies, from both field and laboratory research, will be integrated throughout this course and examples will be drawn from a variety of animal groups to illustrate major concepts. Through this course learners will develop the conceptual framework to understand and appreciate the diversity and complexity of animal behavior. 

 

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Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals Laboratory (1 cr)

ZOO

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

487 L

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
"ZOO5487: Advanced Biology of Marine mammals"

Course Description:

This course is an advanced study of the biology and ecology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. This course is designed to provide students with hands on experience in techniques used to study marine mammal biology. Selected topics include taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals. Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals lecture (ZOO 5487) is a co-requisite for this course. 

 

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Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory (1 cr)

BCH

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

418 L

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
"BCH5418: Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry"

Course Description:

This laboratory-based course is designed as a hands-on experience to introduce students to modern molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and to hone their abilities to gather, organize, report, and interpret data. This course offers an advanced survey of the structure, functional properties, synthesis, and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Co-requisite: BCH 5418, Advanced Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. 

 

Log Number: 201408-56

Biology - Graduate

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program

Master of Arts - Biology Major

 

Summary of the Changes:

This APC package updates our Biology Master of Arts Program of Study to accurately reflect the new courses developed and approved by APC last year (Log Number: 201301-37, -38, -45) and in the associated APC Packet currently under review (Log Number: 201408-55).

Log Number: 201408-24

English - Graduate

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program

Master of Arts - English Major

 

Summary of the Changes:

This package is a request to delete the course, ENC 5706, Style as Substance from the Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric in the M.A. in English. This course has not been offered in several years.

Log Number: 201408-31

Political Science and Public Administration - Graduate

 

Add a new degree-major program    

Master of Arts - International Affairs Major

 

Summary of the Changes:

Having received first cycle approval of the degree last year (APC Log Number 201401-35), we are now submitting the Master of Arts in International Affairs for new program approval of the program of study, including new courses. This degree will be housed in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and cooperatively offered by the departments of Economics & Geography; English; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and Public Administration; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.
The proposed MAIA program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 18 of which are earned through an interdisciplinary common core of required courses: International Relations Theory, Research Methods, Globalization and Development, International Economics, US in World Affairs, and Ethics, Religion and Global Discourse. Fifteen (15) credit hours are major electives, selected from a minimum of three contributing disciplines. The final 3 credit hours are earned through a thesis or non-thesis option, the latter of which would involve an international-oriented internship or study abroad component. As a contextual requirement, students will have to demonstrate intermediate-level foreign language proficiency either upon admission or graduation.
New courses being created for this program of study include:
ANT 5XXX Globalization and Development (3 credits)
CPO 5XXX Politics of South Asia (3 credits)
ECO 6XXX International Economics (3 credits)
INR 5XXX International Environmental Policy (3 credits)
INR 5XXX International Law and Organization (3 credits)
INR 6XXX Contemporary American Foreign and Security Policy (3 credits)
INR 6XXX Directed Independent Study (1-3 credits)
INR 6XXX Field Experience in International Affairs (0-3 credits)
INR 6XXX International Political Economy (3 credits)
INR 6XXX International Relations Theory (3 credits)
INR 6XXX Special Topics in International Affairs (3 credits)
INR 6XXX Thesis (1-3 credits)
PAD 6XXX Global Civil Society (3 credits)
PHI 6XXX Ethics, Religion and Global Discourse (3 credits)
This proposed degree is international and interdisciplinary. Despite globalization and an increasing need for international education to prepare students for careers in today’s world, the UNF College of Arts and Science currently offers no international-oriented graduate degree in the social sciences/humanities. This degree would fill that gap and build upon the strengths of departments in two colleges by offering an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with a broad yet strong base of knowledge and the skills to comprehend our world today and to assess issues and solve problems from a multifaceted perspective.
The overall purpose of the proposed MAIA is to educate students about our world today, our countries’ interactions with other countries, and individual awareness of the many ways we interact with other countries, cultures, and peoples at home or abroad. More specific goals include educating students about: the global context for US domestic and foreign policy making; contemporary global issues; the US role in the world and other countries’ reactions to that role; globalization and the global economy; and the cultures and societies of other countries. Each of these goals fits with expectations of potential employers.
With this purpose and these goals, the MAIA will prepare students for careers available with a wide variety of employers: the US government (Foreign Service, other State Dept. jobs, Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs, etc.), international governmental organizations such as the UN and international nongovernmental organizations such as Human Rights Watch or International Crisis Group, international and development consulting, international business (especially government liaison offices), and education (including Ph.D. programs, which is why there is the thesis option). Locally, employment opportunities exist with Jacksonville Port Authority, import-export companies, international moving and logistics companies, and other international businesses in the Northeast Florida region.
The proposed requires no additional faculty lines, office space, special equipment, etc. As an interdisciplinary program drawing on numerous departments, we can field the program based upon existing resources.
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COAS Support Documents.pdf
CCB Support Document.pdf

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Globalization and Development
(3 crs)

ANT

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course examines globalization — the increased movement of people, ideas, and things -- from a cross-cultural perspective. It provides students with a detailed analysis of specific people’s experiences with increased mobility, connectivity, and displacement. Development (defined here as discourses and practices pertaining to “progress," "economic growth" and “quality of life”) is presented here as one major articulation of globalization. While development may often introduce greater socio-economic inequalities, students will be introduced to critical perspectives and constructive frameworks to conceptualize more equitable, participatory and sustainable forms of development. Case studies will be key to the evaluation and comparison of competing theoretical paradigms. 

 

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International Law and Organization 

(3 crs)

INR

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:    
None

Course Description:

This course exams the role of international law and international organizations in the global political system. It explores the effects of international law and the activities of international organizations, including the United Nations and NGOs, against a backdrop of current issues of international importance. Such issues might include conflict, genocide, global health, human rights, or terrorism. 

 

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International Political Economy 

(3 crs) 

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. This is a graduate seminar designed to synthesize methods and insights derived from the social sciences to understand the complex issues faced in the international political economy today. It serves as a high-level introduction to current research in the subject area of economic globalization. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding complex issues such as world trade, the international monetary system, economic development, multinational corporations, international environmental policies, global security, and world financial crises. 

 

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International Environmental Policy

 (3 crs) 

INR

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. The vitality of the world’s ecosystems rests upon a constellation of inevitable and purposive forces acting in concert. To be sure, how humans decide to formalize interactions with their natural surroundings holds important consequences for both the environment and the people who inhabit it. By studying policy, we can better understand how politics translates competing interests, strategies, and values into environmental outcomes. This course will be a high-level introduction to the concept of international environmental policy and explore analytical tools designed to evaluate the merit of various approaches to solving environmental problems. 

 

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Global Civil Society (3 crs) 

PAD

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. There has been a substantial upsurge of privately organized, voluntary actions around the globe in recent times. This upsurge was due to an overall dissatisfaction with the operations of both the market and the state. A broad range of institutions that occupy the social space between the market and the state tackle most of our social, political and economic concerns these days. Known as “civil society”, “nonprofit sector” or the “third sector”, institutions within this sector combine private structures with public purposes to serve citizens. Due to their flexibility and potential to tap in extensive private support for public purposes they have become a powerful force that perform a number of critical functions, often in partnership with the state and the market. This course therefore explores the scope, structure, financing and the role of civil society globally and seeks evaluate its impact on global politics and policy making processes. 

 

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Directed Independent Study
(v.1-3 crs)

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Prerequisite: Consent of MAIA graduate director. Specialized study of an issue or topic in international relations, directed by a faculty member specializing in that topic. May be repeated for up to 6 credits under different topics.

 

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Special Topics in International Affairs (3 crs)

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. The course topic will vary. This course may be repeated up to 6 credits under different topics with permission of graduate director. 

 

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Thesis (v.1-3 crs)

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Prerequisite: Permission of the MAIA graduate director. In this course, students will complete MA thesis research and writing under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credits of thesis research. For students who do not complete their thesis after the minimum 3 credits required, this course may be repeated in one-credit increments for a total of 6 hours. Continual enrollment in Thesis (summer exempted) is required until the thesis is completed. 

 

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Field Experience in International Affairs (v. 0-3 crs)

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Prerequisite: Permission of the MAIA graduate director. Students choosing to undertake an internationally-oriented internship or study abroad program will successfully complete their field experience and submit an essay reflecting upon the experience to a faculty supervisor. For students who study abroad and earn at least 3 credits from an institution abroad, this required course may be taken for zero credits. All other students must take a minimum of 3 credits. Students who do not complete their field experience after the minimum 3 credits required, this course may be repeated in one-credit increments for a total of 6 credits. Continual enrollment in Field Experience (summer exempted) is required until the experience and essay have been approved. 

 

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International Relations Theory
(3 crs)

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. In this course, students will learn the major theories and approaches to understanding international relations, including Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism, among others. The course will consider the history of international relations as a field of study, including the scholarly debates that center upon international relations theory. Students will study how these theories and approaches apply to current global issues, events, and leaders. 

 

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Politics of South Asia (3 crs)

CPO

Beginning graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. Surrounded on the south by the Indian Ocean and on land by West, Central and Southeast Asia, the region of South Asia is composed of eight developing countries of which at least four are of great strategic importance to the international political community. It’s growing economic and political influence along with nuclear proliferation, rise of Islamic militancy, terrorism and wars make South Asia a focal point of growing international attention and concern. This course will provide students with a detailed overview to the political study of the eight nations of South Asia. It will be organized to facilitate cross-national comparison, with course sections on each nation addressing topics such as political culture, government structure and institutions, political parties and leaders, and social conflict and resolution. 

 

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Contemporary American Foreign and Security Policy (3 crs)

INR

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students in this course will first examine the principles that are the basis of contemporary American foreign and security policy. This examination will then lead to an analysis of recent successes and failures in the application of these policies. From this point, students will apply lessons learned to the articulation of American interests and goals in its relations with other countries, international organizations and actors on today’s global scene. Students will identify important challenges that America faces as it works to achieve its political and economic goals, and the threats against America and its allies that require attention. 

 

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Ethics, Religion, and Global Discourse (3 crs)

PHI

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. In this course students will examine intersections and interactions between ethics, religion, and global discourse. The course will explore a variety of theoretical approaches for studying ethical perspectives and practices and the role of religions within global communities. 

 

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International Economics (3 crs)

ECO

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

There are no prerequisites for this course. This graduate-level course provides the theoretical tools for studying international trade and the international monetary system and understanding the causes and implications of cross-border integration of the markets in goods and factors of production.