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AGNG 600: Social & Economic Context of Aging [3 credits]
This course presents an overview of the many changes at all levels, from individual to societal, driven by the aging of the population in the United States. An interdisciplinary synthesis is the basis for understanding normal human aging in a cultural and community context and examining the harmful effects of stereotypes and ageism.
AGNG 604: Policy Foundations of Aging Services [3 credits]
The course operates on two parallel tracks. First, it examines fundamental and theoretical underpinnings of public policy goals, the strategic construct of problem identification and definition, processes of policy initiation, development and advocacy and specifically, how to construct and implement a strategic plan to successfully advance policy initiatives. Secondly, significant emphasis is placed on discussions of current policy issues affecting older adults and the organizations that provide services to them.
AGNG 610: Leadership, Management, & Organization I [3 credits]
The first of a two-course sequence that focuses on advancing the understanding and development of individual and organizational leadership models that result in building dynamic enterprise in government, business, and in non-profits with a special focus on aging service organizations. AGNG 610 focuses on leadership and the “Self.” Measurements and tools are introduced to enable individuals to better understand their individual strengths and weaknesses around issues of leadership. Students will actively apply their individual leadership styles to working in small groups.
AGNG 611: Leadership, Management, & Organization II [3 credits]
Students who have successfully completed AGNG 610 may apply what they learned and begin to explore, acquire and apply the skills needed to drive larger organizational change.
*This course is a HYBRID course
AGNG 612: Finance & Accounting [3 credits]
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of financial accounting and its use in managerial control systems to enhance organizational performance, with a particular focus on the aging services industry. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the students’ ability to interpret and apply financial information as opposed to an in-depth study and application of accounting theory and practice.
AGNG 624: Strategy, Marketing, & Service Delivery [3 credits]
This course examines the role of strategy in successful organizations. Insights into how to identify and develop an organization’s strategy and to understand its implications for execution and marketing are explored. The need for in-depth analysis of broad environmental forces and the anticipation of future developments are stressed. It considers how government, technology and other environmental factors can impact organizational performance and how leaders can strengthen their organization’s abilities to deal with such factors.
AGNG 625: Research & Presenting Information [3 credits]
This course helps students become informed consumers of research. Key components of this course include understanding what information is required, how it can best be obtained, alternative ways of interpreting relevant data, and how to best incorporate knowledge into practice. Fundamentals of research and evaluation will be introduced including qualitative (e.g., focus groups, interviews), quantitative (e.g., surveys, measures of change over time), using archival data, and others. Case studies related to aging service organizations will be used for review and discussion of applicable subject areas.
AGNG 632: Diversity in Aging Services [2 credits]
This course provides a fundamental understanding of the concepts and complexities of diversity in management of aging services. “Diversity” is examined beginning with self-evaluation, awareness and group beginnings, and expands to current workforce concepts such as generational diversity, managing and leading from diverse places, handling conflict and the social issues involving diversity in aging. A variety of techniques are deployed to understand commonalities and differences while effectively facing the core issues of management in aging services. Students will learn to engage in dialogue versus debate and to manage social scenarios commonly encountered in aging services organizations.
AGNG 638: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Design I [2 credits]
The course is the first in a two course sequence intending to empower students to lead change and innovation within their existing organizations and in pursuit of new opportunities. The concepts of having an idea, passion, a plan, capital, people, structure and a relentless commitment are interactively considered in AGNG 638 both within the context of aging services as well as business generally. The course challenges students to think entrepreneurially about both the issues facing aging service providers as well as opportunities that are unfolding exponentially.
AGNG 639: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Design II [2 credits]
Entrepreneurship II expands upon Entrepreneurship I, with particular emphasis on leadership roles in creating and managing sustainable growth in an innovative and entrepreneurial organization. This course focuses on entrepreneurship leadership and management within the context of non-profit companies, and explores the comparisons with for-profit corporations.
AGNG 640: Design, Thinking, Technology, Environmental Design [2 credits]
Designing for optimal function, adaptation and quality of life in aging can be a unique challange. This course will examine human centered design, a unique approach to problem solving that aims to arrive at solutions that are desirable, feasible and viable. Students are encouraged to approach the world like a designer in order to solve dynamic problems in the field of aging services. Design principles, rapid prototyping and storyboard exercises will help students in building a new and innovative concept that could improve the lives of older adults.
AGNG 643: Law, Ethics, & Longevity [1 credit]
This course explores how human longevity intersects with concepts in the fields of law and ethics. An emphasis is placed on understanding how issues related to aging are approached and decided from a legal and moral perspective while protecting core societal and individual rights to person and property. How ethical standards underpin interactions among individuals, groups and organizations are discussed.
AGNG 645: Mental Wellness in Aging [3 credit]
This course will introduce students to an integrated analysis of the aging, policy and management issues that influence mental wellness approaches with elders. Traditional illness and deficit-based models of assessment, intervention and service provision will be contrasted with wellness and strength-based approaches from the perspectives of social and illness narratives, the social and organizational policy environment (e.g.: regulations, insurance programs, interest groups, policies and procedures), and the management demands and leadership challenges each presents. Issues such as problem identification, engaging elders and assuring compliance/collaboration, impact on the family, multi-disciplinarity vs. interdisciplinarity, assessment and intervention, provider-consumer relationships, service eligibility, and program evaluation and outcomes will be addressed.
AGNG 661: Intro to Integrative Thinking [1 credit]
Using case studies from aging service industries, strategies for interdisciplinary thinking and entrepreneurial solutions are explored. Student teams are tasked to address complex problems in aging services using integrative thinking and an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the areas of management, policy, and aging studies. Upon completion of AGNG 661, students will be able to describe interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and why such approaches matter, be familiar with several strategies of interdisciplinary integration and be able to apply integrative thinking to an identified gap or entrepreneurial opportunity.
AGNG 662: Correlation & Review (Capstone) [2 credits]
This course serves as the capstone of the curriculum and requires that the student submit an independently researched paper on an issue of significant importance to older adults and/or to their aging service organization. The intent is for students to structure a proposed solution to the issue selected while bringing to bear an interdisciplinary approach using the knowledge, skills and abilities they have learned in the fields of aging, management and policy. Students will present their research to the advising faculty.
AGNG 698: Special Topics [3 credits]
This course provides the opportunity to present specialized or emergent topical material to advanced students with interests in management of aging services. Topics will vary and will be announced in advance of the semester in which the course is offered.
AGNG 699: Independent Study [3 credits]
This is a course in independent reading for masters students, and is supervised by a member of the Erickson School faculty. The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to study a topic of interest which is not available from the existing course offerings. Credit is variable, reflecting varied scope of student projects.