Human Services Leadership Courses

HSL 501 – Leading in Mission Driven Environments

Campus: St. Joseph's 
College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of leading human services organizations at various levels of functional performance.  It will provide an orienting framework for exploring the competencies to be mastered by Human Services professionals at all levels of leadership. In this course students will begin the process of developing those competencies through self-reflective activities.  Students will explore the values of the human services profession, theories of management and leadership and the three domains of holistic leadership. Assessments, case studies, exercises and self-reflective journals will be utilized to ground theory with practical application.

HSL 512 Leadership Ethics and the Law in Human Services

Campus: St. Joseph's 
College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will explore the many principles and theories of law and ethics that nonprofit leaders need to know to be effective in their positions and competently execute their fiduciary responsibilities. The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of critical legal and ethical issues confronting executives in human services organizations. Topics to be covered include Sarbanes-Oxley, the legal ramifications of board governance and corporate officer responsibilities. The course will also cover general legal principles related to managing organizations of varying sizes including employment law, anti-discrimination and whistle-blower statutes.

HSL 521 Theory and Design of Culturally Responsive Organizations

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will provide an introduction to the theory and design of human services organizations with particular emphasis on the requisites for functioning successfully in a multicultural environment. This course will prepare graduate students to understand the relationship between theory and function in the design and management of human services organizations while being responsive to and reflective of the cultural diversity of their clients, employees and other stakeholders.  The student will be provided with a foundation in the concepts to be explored throughout the M.S. in Human Services Management and Leadership program including general leadership and managerial principles, ethical leadership, multiculturalism, funding and financial management, information technology, policy development and program evaluation.

HSL  531 – Strategic Leadership in an Information Age

Campus: St. Joseph's 
College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
This course introduces students to theories of communication and the practical uses of information technology in the human services profession. Students will learn how various approaches to information management contribute to effective management and leadership innovation. Topics to be covered will include the development and implementation of information management strategies, the relationship of information management to change leadership, theories of communication and the relationship of information technology to organizational culture and decision-making.

HSL 549 – Leadership Dimensions of Human Behavior

Campus: St. Joseph's 
College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
This course explores dimensions of human behavior as influenced by the different environments in which individuals find themselves. Students will learn about theories of human behavior from psychological, cultural, spiritual and organizational perspectives. Human functioning will be evaluated individually and as it adapts to collective contexts. Topics to be covered will include psychological theories of human behavior, the formation and effect of mental models, systems theory, and group dynamics. The course will also cover aspects of human functioning and motivation that impact the employer/employee relationship.

HSL 575 Leading Policy Initiatives in Political Environments

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will introduce the student to the role of policy development and political action in the leadership and direction of human services organizations. Students will explore strategies of community organizing and mobilization, define constituencies and stakeholders and explore the implications of cultural and gender diversity on policy development and community engagement. Students will also learn how capital is raised from private and public sources and will include a review of fundraising techniques, bond issues and grant writing. The objective of this course is for students to understand the relationship between economic principles, policy development and political advocacy in furtherance of the mandate and mission of human services organization.

HSL 643 Financing the Mission of Human Services Work

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides the student with a study of how executives and line managers in human services organizations cultivate funding sources, set budgets and use financial information. Students will learn how capital is raised from private and public sources. The course will include a review of fundraising techniques, bond issues and grant writing. Students will also become familiarized with financial statements, general financial and managerial accounting principles and budgeting concepts. The objective of the course is to help students increase their understanding of how the various facets of economics and finance can be used to make better business decisions in a mission driven environment.

HSL 681 Leadership Implications of Outcomes Evaluation

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will introduce the student to the theory and practical aspects of evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of human services programs. This will include a review of statistical methods and reasoning as applied to the evaluative process. Concepts to be covered include: planning an evaluation, selecting criteria and setting standards, basic measurement principles and tools, ethical considerations in conducting a program evaluation and the presentation of the results of an evaluation. Prerequisite: MAT 151 or BUS 222.

HSL 686 Executive Leadership and Models of Innovation

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will explore programs and organizations from a cross-section of human services disciplines that exemplify innovative approaches to service delivery. In addition, students will explore the characteristics of visionary leadership that make management innovations possible. Students will engage in an in-depth analysis of the design, development, implementation and continuing progress of these model programs as well as the leadership profiles of their sponsoring executives. Each student will also integrate the knowledge they have gained throughout the program about their individual leadership profile via participation in a 360-degree feedback assessment and external validation coaching session. The objective is for the student to acquire an understanding of how to develop and lead organizations capable of making a positive impact on society.

HSL 690 Integrative Analysis in Human Services Leadership

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course provides comprehensive coverage of the research process in the human services field. It will enable students to understand the nature of the scientific method as applied to managerial concerns. Students will receive didactic instruction in research methods while concurrently creating and executing independent content-specific research projects.

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