The historical process of political and social modernization in China, Japan, and Korea. Emphasis is on the evolution of traditional societies in the classical and medieval periods, and their trans-formation in the modern era.
This seminar explores challenges to human security in the Asia-Pacific region, and draws on insights from both academic texts and accomplished practitioners to help students create innovative solutions to such challenges.
This history seminar and methodology course in Global History explores the creative encounters as well as turbulent clashes that took place between explorers, merchants, and missionaries of the European maritime Empires (Portugal, Spain, England, France, and the Netherlands) and the peoples and the indigenous cultures and civilizations of the Asian “Pacific Rim”. This period marked the rapid expansion of Europe in Asia, which intersected with major historical shifts in Warring States and Tokugawa Japan, late Ming and early Qing China – the main but not exclusive focus of our enquiries. We will also examine other key developments in the European presence in India and the Philippines, from the late-15th to the mid-18th centuries. The history of this period and of these encounters can rightly be called the First Era of Globalization. In view of the enormity of the subject matter, rather than a comprehensive survey, the course presents an in-depth analysis of a number of significant “case studies” from the period. We will endeavor to place each topic within the larger context of European expansion and local Asian history and historiography. An examination of these case studies should help students to begin to trace many contemporary issues in globalization back to their origins in early modern European expansion, exploration, and colonization.
The religious and philosophical traditions of China, Japan, and Korea, especially as they affect the lives of contemporary East Asians. Emphasis is on the development of Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist and other schools of thought, and the story of how they shaped and were in turn shaped by the cultures of the region.
Intended to lay a firm foundation for further learning in the target language, or to solidify language competency previously acquired. Students who come to the program with some Asian language competence will be accommodated in a class at the appropriate level wherever possible.
Intended to build on the language competence developed in the first semester.
Free of the demands of a seminar class, students concentrate on improving basic skills in their target language in two weekly evening sessions over eight weeks.
Comparative analysis of the modern international politics of Japan, Korea, 'Greater' China, Southeast and South Asia. Emphasis is on regional and international political developments, examining national policies and strategies used to compete and cooperate while assuring security.
Intended to lay a firm foundation for further learning in the target language, or to solidify language competency previously acquired. Students who come to the program with some language competence will be accommodated in a class at the appropriate level.
Survey of influential traditional and modern literary works from China, Japan and Korea. Emphasis is on utilizing the lens of literature to examine the society it reproduces and on gaining an understanding of the role literary arts play in the cultural life of each country.
Comparative study of the social and cultural aspects of contemporary China, Japan and Korea. Emphasis is on the impact industrialization, modernization and democratization has had on cultural, social, and business practices.
Comparative study of the economic systems of East Asia with a focus on Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Emphasis is on East Asian economic developments in the 20th century.
Students may elect to undertake an internship in an approved Pacific Rim-related company or nonprofit organization. This practicum will enable participants to gain in-depth experience and expertise in a particular profession through application of their knowledge of the Asia Pacific region and related language and research skills. The internship requires 20-25 hours of internship work for each unit of semester credit granted and the completion of a short paper on the significance and value of the internship in relation to the student's educational goals.
Explore the strength of a community working together (Ubuntu) to get beyond the AIDS impasse.
To work with the underserved in San Francisco, to witness and reflect upon this experience and their interactions with people who are in difficult, if not dire, straits, and to explore the factors that contribute to marginalization.
This graduate course is designed to become immersed in Achuar way of living and to work with Achuar teachers to develop an Achuar-centric English language curriculum, helping them attain their goal of self-sufficiency. Please contact professor to find out about the program cost.
Engages USF students in local, marginalized community issues.
The experiences of women migrants: how gender intersects with social justice issues (poverty, immigration) from the perspective of Catholic social teaching.
This course investigates the role of credit risk in fixed income portfolios. Models of default and recovery rates, counterparty risk in derivative contracts, and products such as credit default swaps are developed to assess and manage credit risk.
This course emphasizes the development and implementation of risk management systems to measure and mitigate corporate financial risk exposures. The focus is the correlations across market, credit and operational risks and the allocation of risk capital across the firm. The importance of regulatory requirements (Basel II and Ill) in this process is emphasized.
Develops advanced applications of the risk models developed in earlier courses. Applications include developing stress tests for VaR that meet Basel II and III standard scenarios, KMV models for credit risk modeling, risk management for CD’s and case studies in model risk.
The growth and development of the American economy from colonial times to the present. The course emphasizes America's role as the first frontier economy to industrialize and its role as the only pre-WWI industrial economy with a frontier, as well as the growth of the giant industrial enterprise and wealth-accumulation over the last hundred years.
Advanced microeconomic theory is presented to analyze behavior of consumers and firms under national and international market conditions. Offered every Fall.
Prerequisite: ECON 615 Mathematics for Economists OR permission of instructor. Advanced theory in macroeconomics in the context of an open economy. Offered every Spring.
Applications of linear algebra and calculus to equilibrium, dynamic, and optimization models of economic theory. Offered every Fall.
Applications of differential equations, phase diagrams analysis, stability analysis, optimal control theory, calculus of variations, differential games, and dynamic programming in economics. Offered every other Spring.
Prerequisite: ECON 615 Mathematics for Economists or with permission of instructor. Covers the essential econometric techniques for economic and business forecasting and decision analysis: regression theory and applications, time series analysis, and forecasting. Offered every Spring.
Prerequisite: ECON 620 Graduate Econometrics. This course is intended to be taken by Master's students in International and Development Economics in the Spring semester to prepare students for Summer field research. The course covers a variety of topics including sampling methods, field interview techniques, planning an empirical research strategy, ethical issues, importance of the protection of human subjects, and advice for maintaining proper health and safety during field research.
This course, intended for graduate students, will help students learn how to find and manipulate statistical and economic data found on the Internet. The course is an especially important tool for graduate students who are about to enter the job market in areas such as macroeconomics and finance. This course will teach students how to find and utilize data such as that measuring GDP, inflation, and unemployment statistics.
Prerequisite: ECON 620 Graduate Econometrics. A topics-oriented course exploring econometric issues and techniques specific to financial economics. Previous topics include facts of the Cap-M model and for random walks in financial markets. Offered every Fall.
Prerequisite: ECON 620 Graduate Econometrics. An applied econometrics course where students with a foundation in regression analysis learn to apply more advanced econometric techniques in their analysis of data. Topics covered include selection bias, simultaneity issues, panel data and time series regression.
Advanced Applied Econometrics covers recent developments in econometrics in the areas of instrumental variable and panel data estimation, discontinuity design, non-parametric estimation, and time series analysis with an emphasis on applications in international and development economics.
Pre- or Corequisite: ECON 601 Microeconomics: Theory/Application. Monetary policy, financial markets and institutions, competition, market efficiency, innovation and institutional changes, properties of various financial instruments, impact on savings, investment, and capital formation. Offered every Fall.
Pre- or Corequisite: ECON 602 Macroeconomics: Theory/Application. This course emphasizes the institutional structure of banking, government regulation of banking, and government control of the money supply and economic activity. We focus on the needs and processes underlying money and financial markets to understand how and why financial markets and institutions are in a constant state of evolution and the consequences for effective government policies. Offered every Spring.
Prerequisite: ECON 615 Mathematics for Economists. Options, futures and other derivative contracts are widely used to manage risk by businesses and financial institutions. This course provides students with a solid understanding of 1) the economic functions of futures, forwards and options, 2) the operation of the futures and options markets, 3) the pricing of futures, options and other derivatives, and 4) basic strategies in trading options. Offered every Spring.
This course introduces modern laboratory experimental methods to students with well-developed interests in economics and with an intermediate-level knowledge of microeconomics and statistics. The course will examine experimental techniques in detail and will survey recent applications in fields such as markets, development, choice under certainty and games. Students will use the lessons to conduct original research and set up their own experiment. Prerequisite: ECON 311 Intermediate Microeconomics OR permission of the instructor.
Law and Economics offers master's students an understanding of how economic theory provides a framework to analyze legal systems. It will also teach students the fundamental importance of the law in fostering economic growth and development. The economic foundations of both domestic and international institutions will be studied extensively.
A comprehensive survey course in the theory of international trade and an economic analysis of international trade policies. Offered every Fall.
Pre- or Corequisite: ECON 602 Macroeconomics: Theory/Application. The world monetary system: foreign exchange markets, risk reduction instruments and international capital markets in the context of open economy macroeconomics. Evaluation of policies, practices, and institutions in the field of international investments and international finance. Offered every Spring.
Development economics: theoretical and empirical investigations of economic development issues, policies, and strategies. Offered every Fall.
Advanced economic development theory and investment theory in an applied context, with particular emphasis on current issues and problems. Offered every Spring.
Prerequisites: ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomics or ECON 602 Macroeconomics: Theory/Application. Quantitative economic techniques and computer software are used to develop simulation models, input-output models, and general equilibrium models for economic forecasting, business decision analysis and country-level economic policy appraisal and planning. Offered every Fall.
This class will analyze the economics of foreign investment in emerging economies such as the newly industrializing economies of Asia and Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on understanding transnational capital flows, foreign direct investment, privatization of industry, the role of exchange rate and currency risk, and models of foreign portfolio investment.
Signs of environmental stress and of the depletion and extinction of natural resources abound in developing nations around the world. This course is for graduate students, especially students in the International and Development Economics Master's program, and will examine the issues surrounding changes in the environment of developing nations during the process of industrialization, trade-offs between economic growth and resource depletion, and issues surrounding sustainable development.
In most developing countries today planned development is being abandoned in favor of market-guided strategies. This course provides a political economy analysis of the relationship between government and the economy in developing nations. It examines the various paradigms and debates in the field of international political economy, and with case studies illustrates how domestic and transnational political economic structures have shaped development patterns in diverse third world settings.
Modern empirical approaches to development policy analysis, including intra-household resource allocation and gender issues; microeconomic determinants of fertility and population growth; labor markets in developing economies; schooling and education; and health and nutrition. Pre-requisites: Economics 672 and/or 673, 620. Economics 627 concurrent recommended.
This course focuses on current international economic policy issues, including the on-going global financial crisis, the challenges and opportunities of globalization for developing as well as developed countries, the stress in the current international monetary and trade systems resulting from the rapid development of India and China and the external adjustment problems of the United States, and the evolving role of the IMF.
Prerequisite: ECON 620 Graduate Econometrics. A capstone course which emphasizes economic methodology and economic research. All students will carry out and present a research. Offered every Fall.
Covers a variety of areas, the focus depending on the expertise of the instructor. May be repeated for credit each semester that a different topic is covered. Offered intermittently.
Project report based on an internship program with a department of a business, industry, or government. Must be arranged with a faculty member.
The written permission of the instructor and the dean is required. Must be arranged with a faculty member.
Directed research leading to the presentation of a master's thesis. Must be arranged with a faculty member.
Students develop a thorough knowledge of fundamental financial accounting principles and relationships. The emphasis is on the three basic financial statements ¿ the components of each, alternative accounting methods, and the relationship between the three statements. The goal is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of accounting procedures for measuring the true economic state of a company.
We¿re often asked if we sell stock and the answer is, ¿No.¿ But we need to understand the process ¿ the mechanics of trading, different ways of investing as well as understanding capital markets, capitalization structures, the exchanges, the difference between buyside, sellside, bankers and brokers.
Every day is different. An entire day can be spent making and returning calls after an announcement. Another day can be spent meeting with different department heads and conducting research. Learn the nuts and bolts of IR in this course.
There are many ways to communicate with investors¿phone, email, electronic, print. You will learn how to use different media to get your point across. You will also learn communications techniques when dealing with different events such as earnings, MandA, executive issues, crises, and other issues.
Corporate Governance is a hot topic. This course introduces you to working with legal departments in order to stay out of trouble. You will review cases where ethics and morality come into play. You will also learn how to work with the Board of Directors to ensure your company is transparent and compliant.
Analysts and investors are deluged with information. How do you write something they want to read, that has all the facts, and is compliant? You will learn how here.
Think of your stock as a product. Someone has to market it, and that person is you. We will look at understanding your constituents ¿ buyside, sellside, individual investors, and global institutions. Learn the essentials of marketing, including targeting and peer analysis, in the context of Investor Relations.
10-Ks, 10-Qs, Reg FD¿so many acronyms. This course will demystify SEC documents and regulations, and ensure you know which to file to stay out of trouble. You will also have an overview of the court cases that have impacted IR, reporting requirements for the public markets, and your obligations as an IRO.
In this capstone course, you will take all the knowledge and apply it to a final project. The final project will be a formal IR plan for your company.
This course allows students to receive credit for hands on experience working in an Investor Relations department of a company. The internship course is best if taken in the student¿s last semester as a compliment to the ECON 708 IR Capstone course.
An overview of the characteristics of financial markets including their structure and organization. We examine common models for pricing bonds and equities. We introduce the role of financial statements and accounting rules into the valuation process. The role of government regulation and its effects on financial innovation are analyzed.
The course examines the structure of macroeconomic relationships and the role of government in the economy. It begins with an overview of long run economic growth and its determinants. Short run macroeconomic fluctuations, investment and government policies are then investigated. The course concludes with an overview of international linkages between economies including the role of foreign exchange markets.
A thorough and in-depth study of the structural features of debt markets. Term structure analysis of interest rates and bond valuation. Assessing sources of risk for debt portfolios, including the role of duration and convexity in evaluating the effects of interest rate changes. Credit analysis for corporate bonds.
An overview of derivative markets and instruments including options markets, futures markets, and swap markets.
Applicable laws and regulations including professional standards of practice, ethical conduct and professional obligations. Topics include conflicts of interest, insider trading, and an overview of presentation standards for portfolio results.
This course examines how limited information, limited attention and limited rationality impact financial markets. After a review of ‘heuristics and bias’ literature, we discuss trading strategies in markets whose structure give rise to momentum, bubbles and segmented markets with limited arbitrage.
Analysis of fixed-income derivatives including custom interest rate agreements and analysis of interest rate and currency swaps. Analysis of equity options and warrants, hedging and hedging strategies.
International financial systems and foreign exchange rate regimes. Foreign exchange market calculations and arbitrage relationships. Exchange rate forecasting methods. Study of currency strategies for international portfolio management. International CAPM models of securities pricing.
Probability models for portfolio risk and Value at Risk models. Simple Regression Models with hypothesis tests, goodness of fit, and testing for problems with the data or the model. Multiple regression models with applications to CAPM and portfolio management.
Valuation of advanced fixed income securities including collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), other securitized assets, and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). Emphasis is on using probability models in the valuation process.
The course will cover a history of alternative investments/strategies including private equity, venture capital, distressed debt, hedge funds, real estate, commodities and leveraged buy-outs. The primary goals of the course are to provide students with an understanding of alternative investments/strategies, their uses in a diversified portfolio, ways to access the investments and appropriateness for different investor types.
Efficient financial markets theory. Asset pricing theories and models. Portfolio management policies for individual investors, mutual funds, and institutional investors. Asset allocation and general portfolio construction. Fixed income vs. equity portfolio management strategies. Risk measurement and management.
This course provides the foundation for quantitative risk models. The course emphasizes important probability distributions for returns, statistical measures of risk and return, the estimation and use of factor models for analyzing risk. The course introduces the concept of Value at Risk (VaR) models as a unified approach to evaluating risk across a variety of financial assets.
This course examines the different types of risk that arise across a variety of different assets due to the characteristics of the assets and the structure of the markets they trade in. Advanced Value at Risk models that capture the non-linear nature of certain derivatives and market structures are developed. Scenario analysis is examined as a way to evaluate “one-off” risks as well as a way to stress test VaR models and their assumptions in extreme scenarios.
This course develops models for market risk in fixed income assets including mortgage-backed securities. The role of advanced derivatives, such as special purpose vehicles and collateralized debt obligations, in hedging these risks is explored.
This course in Quantitative Methods examines how statistical analysis is applied to environmental management challenges, from ecosystem conservation to clean-up of contamination. The course includes unit analysis, probability and descriptive statistics, and hypothesis testing and inferential statistics pertinent to the environmental manager. Through this course, students will gain critical perspectives on application of these quantitative tools and interpretation of the results for scientifically defensible decision-making. These concepts will be illustrated by problem solving using the text, scientific papers, and case studies.
Focus on academic writing and speaking skills needed by graduate students. Cross-listed With: ESL 030/601.
This foundational seminar provides an interdisciplinary survey of major approaches, theories, issues, debates, and methodological tools in the field of International Studies.
This seminar examines the majors events, actors, and global processes of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries with emphasis on political and diplomatic history.
A seminar that examines the major issues and controversies in international human rights, including their history and development, cultural and ideological distinctions; their role in international law, international relations theory, and foreign policy; their relevance to governmental and non-governmental institutions; and their relationship to the causes and consequences of terrorism.
This seminar explores the phenomenon of globalization, its impact on economic development and environmental resources, and transnational resistance movements.
This seminar explores the political, economic, social and environmental factors associated with transnational conflicts and assesses different approaches to conflict resolution.
Each student completes a course in a specified world region of interest: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.
Students receive guidance and supervision in completing their own research projects. In the final semester of the program, students present their research to faculty members.
A six-week intensive that explores how writers across the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry transform personal experiences and perspectives into a work of art by finding the right form for the idea. Exploring work in all three genres, the course analyzes how form serves meaning in literary works and in students’ own writing. Required first course for all students. Offered in the summer preceding the first school year.
The first of four workshops in long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students share their writing and critique the writing of other students working in their genre. Offered in the Fall.
The second of four workshops in long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students share their writing and critique the writing of other students working in their genre. Offered in the Spring.
The third of four workshops in long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students share their writing and critique the writing of other students working in their genre. Offered in the Fall.
The fourth of four workshops in long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students share their writing and critique the writing of other students working in their genre. Offered in the Spring.
Examines the inventive use of diction, syntax, punctuation, and cadence by writers in all genres. Students study the impact of language use on literary meaning and apply new linguistic strategies to their own writing. Offered in the Spring.
Emphasizes a variety of traditions in long fiction. Historical developments may include the picaresque, social or psychological realism, stream of consciousness, the nouveau roman, and postmodernism. By studying works of long fiction, students discover the forms and craft elements best suited to what they want to express. Offered in the Fall.
This course is a practical introduction to research techniques and strategies for writers of literary prose. Designed for nonfiction and fiction writers, its fundamental objective is to teach students how to conduct print and first-person research and to understand exactly how such research will benefit their writing. Writers of historical fiction, novels, memoirs, nonfiction narratives, and essays will find the strategies covered in this course germane to their work.
The American tradition in poetry is explored, from Whitman to the present, with a focus on the historical development of poetic thought. The course follows shifting ideologies and social contexts, and examines the way literary schools and counter-influences charge each other, helping to create a new American poetry for the modern era. Students read both the poetry and poetics of selected authors, and work toward a final paper exploring their own poetics. Offered in the Fall.
A study of narrative structure, examining authors' strategies for building arcs of conflict, sustaining tension, pacing sequences of action, and achieving a sense of closure. By examining a range of literary models, students learn to plot the architecture of their own full-length manuscripts. Readings include works that adhere to a traditional narrative arc as well as those that use the arc as a point of departure. Offered in the Spring.
Concentrates on varieties of the short story as exemplified by masters of the form. Readings are drawn from a wide range of short fiction in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Students read these literary models to gain an understanding of the form, and to apply what they learn to their own craft. Offered in the Fall.
A study of experimental and radical approaches to fictional prose, encouraging students to take risks in their own writing. The emphasis is on writers who work against rather than within convention, and how they make meaning out of their departures from convention. Assigned readings make use of multiple perspectives, discontinuous narratives, and disrupted chronologies. Readings are drawn from writers around the world. Offered in the Spring.
This course examines major developments in modern world poetry by looking at a range of literary traditions and historical contexts of non-English-speaking poets. Though most work is read in translation, reference to original languages is encouraged. Students work on translating from chosen languages, and the class examines both the problems and the excitement of reading beyond one's borders. Offered in the Spring.
This course examines how a writer¹s plans for prose narratives develop from idea to sketch to final draft. Close examinations of finished literary works in fiction and nonfiction are augmented by the writer¹s letters, essays, notebooks, preliminary drafts, and other aesthetic statements. Students investigate how sensibility is expressed by craft, with an emphasis on the process of composition and revision.
What do we mean when we speak of the modern novel? This course engages students in close readings of several twentieth-century novels, examining how the shape of each novel works in conjunction with its meaning. Topics for discussion include the reliability of narrators, the ambiguity of endings, and the dominance or dissolution of plot. Offered in the Fall.
Focus is on the structures of short stories and novellas, looking closely at certain writers' approaches to narrative conflict, point of view, imagery, voice, and story length. The course helps students to appreciate the restraints imposed and the liberties conferred by forms of short fiction. Offered in the Fall.
What are the elements that make nonfiction writing creative? This course rehearses a variety of modes that contribute to making fact-based writing dynamic. Examples of memoir, travel writing, nature writing, history, criticism, and letters are used, augmented by creative techniques associated with fiction and poetry. Offered in the Fall.
An in-depth study of poetic elements, with an eye to the history and evolution of poetic forms. The class will look at the organizing principles of syllable, stanza, and line; of stress, meter, rhyme, and a variety of countings, as well as contemporary explorations of fragmentation, interruption, chance, and silence. Readings will be drawn from the ancients as well as from postmodern contemporaries, and will demonstrate a range of structural elements, both classical and radical. Offered in the Fall.
A study of the methods, theory, and practice of teaching creative writing. Topics for discussion range from the philosophy of teaching to more specific issues such as designing a course, choosing class materials, responding to student writing, and meeting course objectives. The basic elements of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing are studied for the purpose of teaching across genres.
Students work with an individual Major Project Instructor to formulate, plan, and execute the Major Project. Consultation with a Program Advisor is required. Offered in the Summer.
This course explores the unique qualities that comprise an original style, and the relationship between form and content. Students conduct in-depth readings of novels and short stories in order to identify and employ the tactics used by prose stylists in fiction. Attention is also paid to the multicultural influences which affect a writer's stylistic choices. Offered in the Spring.
This course traverses three centuries of literary nonfiction, affording students an opportunity to learn about the rich heritage of the genre. A wide range of reading demonstrates the suppleness of the form and helps students to discover possibilities of subject and approach available to them as writers of nonfiction prose. Readings may extend from Daniel Defoe to Jamaica Kincaid, including diaries, speeches, meditations, journals, and monologues. Offered in the Fall.
This course focuses on the history and development of the essay as a creative form. Included are a variety of modes: personal essays, portraits, lyric meditations, cultural investigations, and persuasive manifestos. Students learn to apply the structure and techniques of description, exposition, reflection, narration, and argument to their own short essays. Readings range from classical to contemporary and may include book-length collections.
This course focuses on a range of strategies for building longer nonfiction narratives: scene and dramatic structure, reflection and analysis, chronology and character, and the role of the narrator. Readings emphasize contemporary complete works, including memoir, narrative journalism, and other book-length forms.
The study of Visionary Poetries, focusing on Romantic, Mystical, and Ecstatic traditions from the Biblical era to the contemporary period. Students will examine texts and literary philosophy that encourage transcendental loss-of-self as a foundation of poetic practice, and adapt strategies for their own writing. Offered in the Spring.
An investigation of how literary fiction attains depth, and how complex layers of meaning converge in a single novel or novella. This course encompasses works noted for their psychological, social, intellectual, and spiritual import. Students undertake the study of this fiction to help them develop and advance thematic strains in their own writing. Readings include works in translation as well as those written in English. Offered in the Spring.
This course is a study of two ¿in-between¿ forms in fiction: the story cycle (or ¿collection of linked stories¿ or ¿novel in stories¿) and the novella (or ¿long story¿ or ¿short novel¿). It offers models and strategies for writers interested in how plans for a novel might be compressed, conceptually and actually, into the novella, and for writers ready to multiply their short stories into a larger cycle. Means for finding the appropriate form for given material are developed, with attention paid to the evolving needs of character, setting, imagery, and theme.
Students work with individual Major Project Advisors to formulate, plan, and begin to execute the Major Project. Consultation with the director of the program is required. Offered in the Summer.
These courses emphasize particular aspects of literary craft. In Intention and Composition, students examine the ways in which writers' conscious plans for their work are conceived in diaries, letters, and interviews, and how these intentions are realized in the final product. In The Architecture of Prose, emphasis is placed on strategies for developing complexity as well as breadth in full-length works of prose. Topics vary from year to year.
This course emphasizes the literary techniques employed by contemporary international fiction writers and may also reference classic works of the late twentieth century. Studying both long and short fiction, students will examine the strategies writers use to render a social world, whether in the form of realism, magical or fantastic realism, or metafiction, and consider how literary influence traverses cultural borders and is shaped and re-shaped in the process. Students will apply what they learn to their own creative work.
Written permission of the instructor, department chair, and dean is required. Offered intermittently.
Students work with individual Major Project Advisors to complete the Major Project. Consultation with the director of the program is required. Offered in the Summer.
This course provides an introduction to the range of ideas about the common good and democracy in the United States. Understanding the varied traditions within American political life illuminates why particular questions and issues consistently prove to be sites of conflict. The course also explores how these different traditions have been institutionalized in government practices, public attitudes and political participation.
Explores choices made by campaigns in staffing and managing a campaign and devising and executing a strategic campaign plan. Course topics include fundraising, field organizing, voter targeting, volunteer recruitment, polling and focus group methodologies, media messaging, and get-out-the-vote strategies.
Nonprofits and Public Policy explores the role of nonprofit organizations in the formation and implementation of public policy in the United States. Topics include an introductory review of public policy process, lobbying and advocacy, building organizational capacity to participate in public policy, government regulation of nonprofit organizations, developing advocacy campaigns, public policy analysis, ballot initiatives, ethics in public interest lobbying, grantmaking for public policy and challenges to nonprofit advocacy.
This class develops skills for planning and executing successful strategic communications campaigns. Students will learn the fundamentals of developing and executing communicative strategies aimed at influencing—even shaping—the public sphere. Utilizing skill-based seminars, the course will delve into durable, constructive engagement strategies related to conflict negotiation and facilitation, crisis management (aversion and response), and media relations. Develops skills in various forms of communications.
This course is designed to give students a practical understanding of how the media and political worlds interact on a day-to-day basis. Through projects based on real-world scenarios and discussion, students will develop a sense of what is required of a media strategist as well as research-driven concepts in political psychology that determine the success or failure of media strategies.
San Francisco’s political history is characterized and shaped by economic boom and decline. This course will examine the politics of economic development in San Francisco, with a particular focus on housing and the social consequences of economic growth in order to explore the broader dynamics of political conflict in the city, including the history of political organizing around neighborhood and district issues, and the difficult choices faced by those in public agencies or elected office.
Explores the principles of, and skills required in, effective governmental relations and advocacy. Particular focus on lobbying, coalition building, messaging, American federalism and the practice of intergovernmental governmental between branches and layers of governmental institutions.
This course combines theories of political mobilizing with applications from grassroots organizing. Examines mobilization in the context of electoral and extra-institutional campaigns, and combines conceptual and theoretical notions of effective mobilization with practical skills in power mapping, organization-building, and leadership development.
This course is designed to help students learn the skills of collaboration, project planning and issue advocacy campaign execution. In this project-based course students work as a team to create an online presence for a selected policy issue and design a coordinated message strategy to create public awareness and advance the public policy agenda.
An introduction to policymaking in American cities, focusing on the central public policy challenges facing urban areas in the United States from a global perspective. Explores relationships between private economy and public policies in American cities; causes of urban decline and uneven development; and urban redevelopment and human capital policies. Includes development politics, land use, housing, transportation, and the political and institutional settings for policy making. Introduces concepts, theories, and techniques of policy, planning, and administration.
This class will focus on the fundamental determinants of American elections and the margins upon which political professionals focus to influence election outcomes. Topics include public opinion, campaign messaging, and media effects. The course is taught by a number of high profile professionals with substantial media, political, and scholarly experience at the highest levels of politics.
This participatory seminar course provides a theoretical grounding for public affairs professionals. The course is designed to integrate internship experiences with study, thought, discussion and reflection on personal, public, and professional ethics, leadership, and deliberative democracy. The seminar will include presentations by guest speakers drawn from the political and academic communities.
Masters degree candidates will propose, design, and implement a substantial and professional-caliber project designed to integrate concepts, skills, and methods learned in their coursework into a written paper. Topics should be designed in conjunction with the internship experience and provide evidence to that the degree candidate has mastered the skills and knowledge learned in the coursework and can apply them to the analysis of a practical political situation.
The written permission of the instructor and dean is required. Offered every semester.
This seminar surveys the behavioral and institutional dynamics of American politics and public policy with an emphasis on the historical development of the American state, American political culture, and the role of civic engagement and political participation in politics and government.
This core course introduces writing styles and develops skills required for political professionals. The course includes components on press releases, speeches, talking points, policy memos, policy briefs, position papers, opinion editorials and grant applications. This is a writing intensive course.
This core course explores the use of quantitative information and research in politics and public policy. Topics include general principles of quantitative methodology, causal reasoning, probability, statistical association, and hypothesis testing. Students will be exposed to appropriate statistical and database software and the types of data suitable for political analysis and on practical usage of these methods, including polling, voter targeting, and demographic segmentation.
This foundational seminar provides an interdisciplinary survey of major approaches, theories, issues, and debates in the field of Museum Studies.
This seminar provides tools for managing and running cultural institutions in the 21st century, including units on financial management, budgeting, fundraising, the visitor experience, human resources and strategic planning
In this course, students develop a historical and theoretical basis and direct, professional practice in fundamental areas of curatorial/museum studies. Topics include the evolving definitions and responsibilities of a museum curator, the 'objects’ and interpretative approaches of curatorial purview, best curatorial practices and a variety of issues related to the building, research and display of a coherent collection. Students participate in numerous, hands-on, curatorial workshops, and curate a professional, public exhibition using USF’s Thacher Gallery, Donohue Rare Book Room or other local venue.
Students explore the application of legal principles to museum practices through case studies and discussions. Areas covered include accessioning and de-accessioning policies, stolen work and cultural patrimony issues, tax and intellectual property concerns and the legal impact of technology and new fundraising strategies on museums.
This full-time internship (35 hours per week completed over 12 weeks) places students in a museum setting where they complete a major project under the guidance of an on-site museum supervisor and a museum studies faculty member (project areas might include: collections management, project management, technology, research, community outreach, visitor services, educational programming, fund raising, public relations, curating of exhibitions, among other fields). This is an on-line course and may be completed remotely in a location of the student’s choice. For those wishing to intern in the San Francisco Bay Area, partner organizations include: the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (De Young Museum and Legion of Honor), the San Francisco Museum of Modern art (SFMOMA), the California Academy of Sciences, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Exploratorium, the Museum of Craft and Design, the National Japanese-American Historical Society, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the SFO Museum and many others. Students design and execute a project relating theory to practice as part of their internship experience and craft a Final Report and digital portfolio to share and analyze their findings.
This final capstone professional practice course covers both the tools and techniques of project management as it applies to several kinds of museum activities such as collections digitization and inventory, exhibition development and participatory exhibition design, special events, capital campaigns and so on. Students examine various components and pitfalls of project management. They will then apply this model to design a specific project typically undertaken in a museum. The M.A. program concludes with graduating students’ public presentations of their capstone projects in tandem with this course just prior to the December graduation ceremony.
One-time offerings of special interest courses in various visual art areas.
Directed study of a subject. The written permission of the instructor and the dean is required. Offered every semester.
Evaluation of the impact of late capitalism on the production, promotion, regulation, distribution, and consumption of sport goods, services, and experiences. Focus on the new economy of themed entertainment, the changing geography of human capital, the landscape of postindustrial urban spaces, consolidation in the international marketplace, the mass customization of information, the value of branded spectacle, the impact of networked local/global technologies, and the formation of lifestyle identities. The role of ethics in culture and the marketplace.
Development of critical thinking skills necessary for success in the professional workplace. Specific examples in the sport industry and a survey of the sport marketplace will be examined. Among the skills to be analyzed and developed: effective communication; decision making; work environment analysis; political awareness; goal setting and risk taking. Exploratory research regarding opportunities in the sport industry. Case studies from professional and collegiate sports, fitness and sport marketing industries will also be included. The role of ethics in leadership.
Foundations of the legal system and legal research. State, federal, and organizational regulation specific to sport. Focus on contract law, tort liability and negligence, constitutional law and discrimination, antitrust law, agency law, labor law, and collective bargaining. Skills focus on contract development, dispute resolution, management of risk. The role of ethics in law.
Analysis of supply and demand, market equilibrium, price and quantity as they pertain to sport. Market structure of sport leagues and study of competitive balance, revenue sharing, and salary caps. Techniques of economic impact and feasibility studies, valuation of sport assets, and financial analysis. Reasons for and methods of government sport venue financing. The role of ethics in sport economics and finance.
Principles and techniques of business research including development of research objectives, theories, hypotheses, review of existing research, methodologies, and data analysis. The course will also cover survey design, descriptive techniques, primary and secondary data collection, statistical analysis, hpothesis testing, report writiing, and the role of ethics in business research.
Strategic management and human resources. Understanding the value chain, competitive forces that affect a firm, factors that affect each force, strategic choices including low-cost leader and differentiated products, methods to achieve each strategic choice. Also, understanding groups and teams, negotiation, resource allocation, governance, recruitment of employees, training and development, employee motivation and compensation. The role of ethics in management and human resources.
Financial statement analysis and business plan development. Principles of budgeting including types, designs, for-profit, and non-profit. Applied budgeting for events, facilities, professional, university, and recreation. Cost-profit-volume analysis and breakeven analysis. Pro and collegiate sports accounting techniques including transfer pricing and depreciation. The role of ethics in accounting.
Professional experience through practicum or internship in sport industry. Positions in professional sports, intercollegiate sports, health and fitness clubs, arenas and stadia, sport marketing and management firms, and other sport entities. Directed and evaluated by a faculty member with supervision of an on-site professional. Students complete an analysis paper, and oral summary presentation.
This course offers a comprehensive understanding of business development and the sales process in the sport industry. Beginning with a fundamental overview of business development and sales theory and strategy, the course then provides sport specific insight into negotiation in the sport sponsorship process as well as ticket sales department structure, techniques, and strategies.
Foundations of consumer behavior and sport marketing planning. Design and implementation of marketing plans. The integration of product, pricing, promotion, distribution, sales, sponsorship, advertising, and brand in the marketing of sport goods and services. Analysis of leagues, teams, events, properties, corporations, and manufacturers. The role of ethics in marketing.
Students propose, develop, and write a Master's Project demonstrating research skills and understanding of sport management. The goal of the master's project, whether a research paper or professional document (e.g., business or financial plan, market research report) is to apply the cumulative curricular experiences to the professional objectives of the student.
Application of research procedures for student project. Analysis of data for description and determination of causality using statistical techniques software. Market research and validation procedures. Interpretation of results.
Provides a sport-cultural immersion program in another country to learn about the global perspectives in sport management. Topics include: international sporting events, state-of-the art sport venues, sport business practices, sport policies, sport media and broadcasting rights, and sport management education.
Focus on key principles and techniques necessary for building a business around a brand in the sports industry, based upon the experiences of successful sports industry entrepreneurs. Students will develop a business plan for an enterprise offering a sports-related brand.
Focus on how to activate and evaluate sports sponsorships. Why do companies choose to sponsor in the first place? Which companies activate the best? How do these companies connect with consumers and leave a lasting impression? Do they see measurable returns?
Focus on Social Media in sports and how teams, athletes, organizations utilize social media to communicate, leverage, sell and monetize. We will examine strategies, best practices, case studies and tools used today to accomplish these goals.
Focus on strategic public relations and media relations initiatives and activities in professional and intercollegiate sports and related sports businesses. The course is structured as an interactive, hands-on experience with emphasis on practical application.
How is sport linked to other institutions of society? What role does sport play in transmitting values to youth? Is sport really a microcosm of society? Sport will be used as a vehicle for understanding culture patterns and social problems.
Learn about all of the aspects of marketing a professional sports franchise including marketing to fans, sponsors, suite holders, using direct media, social media, CRM, pricing, promotion, product, public relations.
A critical review of planning and evaluation theory applied to the practice of sport event management. Selected topics include critical planning techniques, the planning process, logistical requirements, risk management, contingency plans, facilitation skills, and event bids.
Three elective courses such as the following: fitness management, facilities management, public relations in sport, sales management and techniques, entrepreneurship, event management, applied market research or consulting project, sponsorship creation, management and valuation, college athletic administration, brand management.
A study of the nature of the theological task, its branches, and its methods; examination of faith, revelation, tradition, hermeneutics, and religious language. Offered intermittently.
A critical mastering of the scientific pursuit of exegesis and its application to Old and New Testament texts. Offered intermittently.
Traces the development of Christological doctrine from the apostolic age to the present; emphasis on the Patristic Period and on modern theology. Offered intermittently.
A survey of the history of the Church, with focus on men and women, movements and moments of major significance. Offered intermittently.
A graduate level study of sacraments as worship, faith celebrations of the Christian community, ritual actions. Historical and contemporary treatment of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, reconciliation, marriage. Offered intermittently.
Catholic-Christian approaches to contemporary moral problems such as life-respect, religious dissent, and conscience formation. Offered intermittently.
A study of Christian spiritual classics of a mystical nature. The investigation will lead the student to appreciate those manifestations of spiritual experience which the mystics have in common and those that differentiate them. Offered intermittently.
A study of contemporary faith, art, and culture as it interacts with world traditions and each student's unique religious position. Offered intermittently.
Coverage of topics of special and/or current interest. Offered intermittently.
Written permission of the instructor and dean is required. Offered every semester.
A personal systematic synthesis of all the courses taken by the student and a practical application of this synthesis to the student's particular area of emphasis.
Urbanization is defining the planet, crafting our landscapes, and shaping the political economies of social life. In this course we focus on the American city, considering the historical challenges of urban growth, the role of political power, and the importance of race and nature in shaping metropolitan space and defining the potential for social justice. Through studies of a range of urban contexts, this course explores the contours of urban decline and resurrection, grounding current debates in historical context.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles and concepts of policy analysis through practical examples involving urban public policy issues. The course will survey the seminal frameworks for urban policy and includes both the exploration of problem-solving and policy-design processes. The course will also consider the use of particular policy through a case study approach that includes regulation, inducements, subsidies, contracting and privatization.
As urbanists, we cannot claim to know a city or a region unless we’ve studied the streets, watching for the signs of the past left in sidewalk imprints and abandoned infrastructures. In this class, we’ll walk the Bay Area, looking for evidence of the political geographies of the region, manifest in signage, architecture, and the vernacular landscapes of our neighborhoods. This course offers both an overview of local history, and lessons in the skill of seeing history and politics in everyday urban spaces. This course will take us over the hills and valleys of the Bay Area, with an emphasis on San Francisco.
This class is an introduction to the critical issues in contemporary urban analysis. It explores the origins of globalization and its contemporary manifestations, including trade and investment policies, growing multinational corporate power, decreased relevance of political and institutional borders, reduced government regulation and the impact on local communities. Social, environmental and economic impacts of globalization are considered, as well as the origin and development of the concept of sustainability, and movements for social justice. The course incorporates perspectives from multiple disciplines: geography, economics, planning and sociology, in particular.
This course critically analyzes policy frameworks, political discourses, and development practices that seek to promote urban sustainability. Using historical and contemporary sustainability case studies, the course unpacks the changing logics of sustainability and offers an overview of key actors and trends. Drawing from scholarship in urban planning, geography and related fields, we will look at the impact of sustainability programs on a range of communities, asking: What is to be sustained -- and for whom?
In this service-learning course, students will discuss and grapple with the issues and responsibilities of collecting and creating oral histories, nonfiction narratives and profiles. Proceeding from the premise that ordinary people have within them extraordinary stories, students will study the craft of the interview and the oral history, and discuss inherent issues of documentation, exploitation, confidentiality, authorship and more. In class, students will read published examples of oral histories, practice interview techniques and discuss supplementary research methods as they collect, transcribe, edit and revise “untold stories” in a variety of forms. This class is also a designated Service Learning (SL) class. Each student will dedicate a minimum of 25 hours during the semester to service.