January Term Courses 2012
ACCTG 110 Introduction to Accounting
Montgomery, 2 CR MTWR: 9:15-10:15 & 11:00 – 12:00
A course specifically for students who have had no prior study, at any level, of bookkeeping or accounting. All aspects of the accounting cycles are covered. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing or consent of department head.
ECON 185 Economics of Imaginary Societies
Gomersall, 4 CR MTWRF: 9:15-10:15 & 11:00 – 12:00
Gen Ed: First Year Seminar, HB
What if the wellbeing of a rich society - all its ease and prosperity - depended on the imprisonment, deep underground, of a single child? If you'd accept the bargain, there are those in Ursula LeGuin's short story (to be read in this course) who would not. Or, what can we learn from a society where wealth itself is scorned, and the greatest prestige is earned by those who live in deprivation and squalor? James de Mille's novel explores just such a setting. Through studying works like these - taken from film as well as literature - we may well come to see our own society in a different light. Whether or not this is the case, we'll enjoy analysing a genre that lies somewhere between fantasy, morality play and political economy.
ECON 239 Economics and Higher Education in the 21st Century: Stories of Supply and Demand
Shilts, 4 CR, 25 capacity, MTWRF: 12:15 – 2:30
Gen Ed: HB
The course explores what higher education ought to look like as the 21st century unfolds. Current writing on the “problems of higher education and their solution” is examined, as are classic historical writings by Newman, Hutchins, and others. Special attention is paid to the comparative costs and benefits offered by course-based and master-apprentice models of learning. Each student is required to maintain a daily readings-and-reflections journal. Some readings will be common to all. Others will vary across students as they choose one of several overlapping themes. Each student will be required to construct and share an analytic poster relating their chosen theme; and all students with an interest in a given theme will share responsibility for shaping the agenda and guiding discussion during one of the final eight class periods. The course will not count toward completion of the economics major.
MGT 120 – Personal Finance
Christianson, 4 CR, MTWRF: 12:15 - 2:30
A survey of the financial decisions encountered in managing personal and family financial affairs. Topics will include budgeting, housing decisions, auto leasing, personal loans and credit card debt, managing risk through home, health, auto and life insurance, legal protection, taxes, investments and savings for retirement.
MGT 239 – Developing Ethical Leaders
Jensen & Hildebrand, 4 CR, 25 capacity, MTWRF: 9:15-10:15 & 11:00 – 12:00
In this course, students will examine leadership, ethics, and decision-making theory and practice. Topics include introductions to different leadership theories and models, moral philosophies, and decision-making processes relevant to any student interested in preparing for leadership roles in an organization, group, team, or community. Case studies, discussion, outside speakers, and individual reflection will be used to help students address issues surrounding leadership and ethical decision-making. Focus will also be given to development of practical skills needed for effective leadership and areas of personal development required for good leadership. (NOTE: Students who took Mgmt 185: Leadership and Ethical Decision-making in Jterm 2008 or 2011 may not take this course.) Each student will be charged a $13.00 fee to purchase access codes for an online resource to be used in the class. This course is not a management elective for the management major or minor.
MGT 339 – E-Marketing
Jones, 4 CR, 15 capacity; MTWRF: 9:15-10:15 & 11:00-12:00
Gen Ed: JTerm 2, Also satisfies a Management elective – Study away
The internet and other information technologies have created many interesting and innovative ways to improve customer value since its inception in 1969. The course will examine the evolution of the media and examine various marketing strategies including web sites for marketing communications, consumer behavior insights based on offline and online data combination, inventory optimization through CRM-SCM integration, and the focus of ROI and associated performance metrics in today’s business environment. Course will also examine high readership blogs, social media networks and online communities how they have enabled consumers with growing voice in the control of content in marketing communications and product quality. The course will begin on campus examining these concepts and other e-marketing strategy. The second half of the class will take place in Chicago networking with marketing professionals from a variety of industries and organizations. Those interested should contact Don Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will need to apply and receive course enrollment approval from instructor prior to registration. Class will be in Chicago, IL from January 13-21, 2012. Student cost for the Chicago trip is $750.
MGT 285A – JT-2 Vocation Exploration (Directed Study)
Burkes; 2 or 4 CR; Gen Ed: JT-2 Study Away
Off-campus experiential learning opportunity in which students have meaningful and varied interactions with organizations within their community to gain a better understanding of vocation alternatives. This learning opportunity is available to all students (sophomore level or above) regardless of their January location. Students remaining in Decorah during January Term and students residing away from Decorah should consider participating. Students, with the assistance of faculty, design a Vocation Exploration Study Away experience which involves one or more organizations (for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, government entities). The student then has an opportunity to work with that organization in multiple ways such as handling small projects, shadowing key members/mentors and attending organizational meetings and events. Vocation Exploration Study Away is a Directed Study which emphasizes learning through observation, experience, personal interaction and suggested reading. Those interested should contact Rebecca Burkes, email@example.com, no later than November 7 to discuss the placement. Students will complete the Application for Special Registration form on the Registrar's website http://www.luther.edu/registrar/forms/special_registration/ after meeting with Professor Burkes.
MGT 285B – Directed Study
Schweizer, 2 or 4 CR, Gen Ed: JT-2
An opportunity to pursue individualized study or experiential learning within or outside the major. Graded CR/NC. Only open to sophomores. Students register by accessing the Application for Special Registration form on the Registrar's website http://www.luther.edu/registrar/forms/special_registration/. Students then meet with the instructor to finalize the Directed Study registration details.
MGT 375 A – Directed Reading
Schweizer, 2 or 4 CR, Gen Ed: JT-2
Students follow a prescribed reading list in a specialized area of study for which course offerings are limited or not available. Graded CR/NC. Open to students with JR or SR standing. Students register by accessing the Application for Special Registration form on the Registrar's website http://www.luther.edu/registrar/forms/special_registration/. Students then meet with the instructor to finalize the Directed Readings registration details.