⚠⚠⚠ Due to uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may become necessary to alter a course, including its mode of delivery, after registration. Changes will be communicated in advance whenever possible, accompanied by resources for student support. Regardless of delivery mode changes, we will continue to provide students with the type of personalized, active learning environments that are the hallmark of the St. Thomas educational experience. ⚠⚠⚠
Students study current laws, court decisions and other legal theories that affect public safety and the community, including hiring, disciplining, collective bargaining, budgeting and training. Students will also examine the relationship of these laws with the ethical decision making of public safety officers and their relationship with the community.
Using case studies, this class examines the processes and dynamics necessary for public safety agencies and their personnel to play an active, direct role in identifying and organizing the community and fiscal resources necessary to build effective partnerships which will result in the development of a cooperative problem-solving community. Students will identify a current public safety-community issue and research and develop recommendations on the issue based on the dynamics and community organization.
This course examines how educational organizations develop and change and how leaders and followers interact within organizations from several theoretical and conceptual perspectives. Students observe the workings of educational institutions and programs, interview educational leaders, and analyze their own understanding and practice of leadership.
In this course, research procedures appropriate for assessing community wants, needs and resources and for evaluating program outcome and staff performance are covered. Other areas include research design; sources of data; methods of data collection, including the interview and questionnaire; sampling and evaluation of research studies.