LEWISTON – Registration is open for the spring semester at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus. The spring semester will begin Jan. 18. Some of the new courses to be offered include the following:

LOS 330, Leadership in Different Cultures: Students will explore leadership practices in multiple cultures and how increasing interactions with these diverse leadership styles have changed the conception of leadership in the U.S. The course will help students determine the skills they will need to take on a leadership role in a global society.

LOS 399, Strategic Planning: Examines how public organizations can utilize strategic planning in responding to environmental change and the future. Approaches to and techniques for strategic planning are covered, including goal-setting, environmental scanning, resource audits and the formulation of strategy and its implementation. Case studies will be drawn from international, national and Maine-based profit and nonprofit organizations and agencies.

LOS 334, Integrated Software: This is a course in the use of integrated software packages for report, document, presentation and information development activities. A variety of instructional activities will stress file and data integration and explore intra- and inter- package communications.

Integration of word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics software will be featured using linking and other tools. Students will be expected to produce documents, spreadsheets, database reports and presentations, which will take full advantage of inter-operability, communication, translating, linking and sharing functions.

SBS 399, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The course is designed to offer an overview of the issues in post-traumatic stress, including the historical roots of the diagnosis. Clinical definitions and the treatment issues involved for both the clinician and the patient in the stages of recovery from traumatic stress will be explored.

SBS 399, Place and Society: From discovery through disaster, people hold intense attachments to place. Using a variety of sociocultural analyses – first-person accounts, ethnographies, secondary analyses and cultural/material studies – the course will examine the social construction of “place,” exploring the attachment to such places as well as what happens when place-attachments are disrupted, prevented or turned to other cultural uses. Students will particularly apply course ideas and materials to the local scene, in order to address community-identified issues and concerns.

SBS 399, Responding to Mental Health Crisis thru Community: The ideology of mental illness as it is affected by factors of heredity, gender and ethnicity and contemporary issues of community mental and the relationship to criminal justice, deviancy and human behavior will be analyzed. Tools for evaluating risks associated with the emotionally distraught individual will also be discussed.

The course will explore ability for individuals with mental illness to function successfully in the community. Students will learn how to manage crisis and access community services and the obstacles to these services.

HUM 310, French Settlement in the Northeast: “Franco-American” was a term developed at the end of the 19th century by elite French-Canadian males residing in New England. Other settlers in the northeastern part of the continent have identified themselves as “French,” “Acadian,” “French-Canadians,” “Quebecois,” “Franco-Ontarians,” etc.

The course looks at the dynamics of French settlement in northeastern North America, including discussions about the meanings of these shifting identifications. Individual research is encouraged, such as the investigation of Lewiston-Auburn’s heritage and the forgotten French communities in places like Bath, Maine.

CPD 622, GIS Applications/Intro to ArcView: The graduate course is an introduction of Geographic Information Systems, stressing the practical applications of popular graphical user interface software packages such as ArcView. Topics covered include displaying, downloading, editing, analyzing and printing public domain and user-created geographical data sets. The main emphasis of the course is on the acquisition of system operations skills.

Most courses meet weekly starting at 9 a.m., 1, 4 or 7 p.m. Interested students are asked to call 753-6500 to request a course guide, general assistance or to schedule an appointment with an academic adviser. Some evening appointments are available. The spring semester course listing is also available at the Web site at usm.maine.edu/lac.

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