Special Topics Description | Spring 2016

BS 495 A – Business Analytics (3 cr. hrs)

Kevin McCarthy

Business Analytics explores the world of big data and how to transform data into insight for making decisions. The applications of business analytics extend across industries and functional areas in business. Visualizartion and statistical modeling are important components. Students will use specialized software, such as Tableau, to develop skills and solve problems. Prerequisite: BS230

EC 295 A – Economics of the Beer Industry (3 cr. hrs)

Alan Grant & Martha Harris

This multidisciplinary course will expose students to a basic understanding of business and economic principles, applied specifically to the brewing and distilling industries. Students will learn the basic biology and chemistry of brewing and distilling, then apply that knowledge to a semester project that requires students to navigate the practical and legal hurdles that firms in those industries face. The course includes several site visits; students may (optionally) choose to engage in a significant intercultural experience, visiting England, Wales, and Scotland to compare beverage production, marketing, and distribution to practice in America. Prerequisite: None

SA 295 A – Sponsorship & Revenue in Sport (3 cr. hrs)

Ron Christian

Sponsorship and Revenue in Sport provides an in-depth approach to generating revenue for sport organizations, including the use of strategic partnerships with sponsors and media outlets, as well implementation of fundraising initiatives, special events, and sales tactics. Topics include strategies for securing sponsorships, sponsorship activation, and managing sponsor relations. Fundraising campaigns, donor relations, and customer relations will also be discussed. Prerequisite: SA141

SO 495 A – Social Control (3 cr. hrs)

Tim Buzzell

The purpose of this course is to bring into focus how societies control deviance. Students will first explore the significance of informal, subtle, and cultural forms of social control. This includes considering the ways in which values, beliefs, cultural processes, and power are used to identify and single out norm violators. Stigma and stigma management is an essential part of this discussion. Then, the course considers formal systems of social control. These include the role of law in society, punishment, and “correction.” Other topics to be studied include the militarization of policing, the changing nature of law and the legitimacy of legal rule, the “medicalization” of deviance, the growth of surveillance in its many forms, and social control. Students will be engaged in a number of field observations, detecting social spaces where social control is at work. Prerequisite: One course at the 200 level in sociology