UT Dallas 2014 Graduate Catalog

Master-Interdisciplinary Studies

MAIS 5301 Seminar on Close Relationships (3 semester credit hours) An examination of the psychological, sociological, economic, and philosophical approaches to the study of close relationships. Specific issues that will be discussed include male-female differences, intimacy and self-disclosure, loneliness, conflict. (3-0) Y

MAIS 5302 Capstone Seminar (3 semester credit hours) The seminar includes discussion of interdisciplinary theory and preparation for a research project. Topics may vary. Must be taken in the student's next-to-last semester. Instructor consent required. (3-0) S

MAIS 5303 Research Project (3 semester credit hours) Completion of an interdisciplinary research project. Prerequisite: MAIS 5302 and good academic standing. (3-0) S

MAIS 5315 Globalization and Economic Crisis (3 semester credit hours) Studies the development of globalization and its impact on different economies and cultures. Also, the course will concentrate on the various waves of economic crisis with a historical depth and a global perspective. The main focus is on the United States, China, India, Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe. (3-0) T

MAIS 5320 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 semester credit hours) May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Instructor consent required. (3-0) S

MAIS 5321 Library Research Skills (3 semester credit hours) Through this online course, graduate students will develop the skills to identify what information is needed for their research, how to find and evaluate scholarly resources, and how to organize the information for a thesis or dissertation. Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources; identifying appropriate research methodologies; assessing quantity, quality and relevance of search results and citation management will be included. (3-0) Y

MAIS 5333 Developmental Characteristics of 9-14 Year Olds (3 semester credit hours) This course is designed for students interested in gaining knowledge and in developing their understanding of the middle school aged child, the issues both physical and emotional, attached to this stage. Concepts in adolescent development and current research regarding children aged 9-14 years are examined. Various perspectives on strategies and techniques in working with adolescents are also a focus in this course. (3-0) T

MAIS 5335 Crisis Communication in Schools and Organizations (3 semester credit hours) An advanced in depth look into crisis communication, strategies and management focusing on organizational and educational institutional responses in crisis situations. Specific past crisis events are examined, positive and negative responses are dissected, lessons learned are investigated and future management strategies for organizations, agencies and schools are formulated so that students may take these skills back to their respective current and future employment environments and implement these strategies. (3-0) Y

MAIS 5336 Qualitative Research Methods (3 semester credit hours) This is a hands-on, practically-oriented, how-to-do-it seminar that is ideal for those who intend to utilize qualitative research methods in their research or simply wish to gain further insight into how qualitative data is gathered and analyzed. The primary objective of this course is to mutually explore learn a range of skills, methods, techniques, and "tricks of the trade" that will facilitate successful data gathering. The course provides a solid analytical background while also exposing participants to qualitative methodology through facilitations of a team-based qualitative research project. (3-0) R

MAIS 5390 Costa Rica Experience (3 semester credit hours) Costa Rica is world famous for its dedication to the concept of sustainability. This field trip class will visit different locations in Costa Rica to better understand the diversity of its environment, its non-human primates, its practices that of course may vary from year to year but the major emphasis is sustainability. This course has a service learning component. Student must be in good standing. Instructor consent required. (3-0) R

MAIS 5V04 Independent Study (1-6 semester credit hours) Available only to meet particular curricular needs of an individual degree plan. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Instructor and MAIS advisor consent required. ([1-6]-0) S

MAIS 5V38 Co-Op Education (1-3 semester credit hours) Students completing this course will integrate academic learning with their co-op work experience. To attain this goal, students will keep a journal of their workplace experience, maintain contact with the instructor, and prepare a written report that focuses on the accomplishments and insights gained through their co-op experience. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 semester credit hours maximum). Instructor consent required. ([1-3]-0) S