This sequence of recommended courses teaches students analytic approaches and practice behaviors for enhancing the effectiveness of human service organizations serving disadvantaged populations. The goals of the Management cluster are:

  • To familiarize students with the theories and analytical frameworks useful for developing and implementing effective organizational policies and practices;
  • To instruct students in strategies that can enable human service organizations to respond effectively to external threats and opportunities;
  • To help students develop competencies in modern management methods, such as staff supervision and development, negotiation, participatory decision-making, organizational development, and agency budgeting.

SSA Faculty recommend that students choosing the Organizations & Management cluster take three or more Cluster courses and one or more Context courses.  The following courses will be offered in 2015-16:

CLUSTER
46512   Management Skills for Community Empowerment & Systemic Change
65600  Special Issues in Health Care Management: Health Systems Transformation
45912   Supervision from an Organizational & Relationship Perspective
47300  Strategic Management: External Factors
49600  Financial Management for Nonprofit Organization
62600  Philanthropy, Public Policy, & Community Change
46412  The Evaluation of Social Welfare Programs & Policies
64600 Quality Monitoring & Improvement for the Social Services

CONTEXT
60300: Workforce & Workplace Development: Inequality in Employment
61500  Urban Education & Educational Policy
47512  The US Health Care System
48112  Community Organizing
64700  Organizing Coalitions for Change: Growing Power & Social Movements
46922  Structuring Refuge: US Refugee Policy and Resettlement Practice

Ashley Lepse

Child Welfare Witness

Many scholars don’t get an opportunity during their entire career to testify on Capitol Hill. Ashley Lepse has already done so as a Master’s student at SSA.