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CLSP Courses

Fall Semester

LDSP 1000–Fundamentals of 21st Century Leadership–3 credit hours  (Required)

This course introduces students to the theoretical, cultural and ethical dimensions of leadership and its application to social issues of our time. The course is designed to provide students with an academic knowledge of leadership and a set of leadership competencies, and to serve as a lab for active dialogue and experimentation in a range of leadership situations. Students will:

  • Develop a broad understanding of leadership theories and perspectives 
  • Demonstrate understanding of oneself and others and how ones values and beliefs impact leadership
  • Craft a personal philosophy of leadership and followership
  • Examine, evaluate and apply ethics, integrity and character to the reality and challenges of today’s world
  • Recognize the influence of culture on leadership practice and develop culturally competent leadership skills
  • Focus on the principles of social change leadership

This course is required for CLSP students working toward a leadership certificate.
Approved for: Arts and Science ideals and values core requirement.

 

LDSP 1571 Topics in Leadership1 credit hour

Examines the complex nature of leadership by applying knowledge and practice to contemporary and social issues. This course is required for CLSP students working toward a leadership certificate. This course is an elective and may be repeated for up to 3 total credits.


Spring Semester

CLSP Students are required to take one of the following:

LDSP 2410 - The Dynamics of Privilege, Oppression and Empowerment in Leadership - 3 credit hours

Examination of the theoretical framework of social identity development, individual- , group, cultural- and institutional- power dynamics, and the resulting inequalities formed by systems of privilege and oppression.  Application of theory to both how specific forms of privilege and oppression – and their intersections - are manifested in society and how leadership is used to continue these systems or lead to empowerment and liberation.  Students will:

  • Be familiar with the theories and research that inform the development of social identity.
  • Explain how socialization shapes values, feelings, attitudes and behaviors in regards to race, class, gender and sexual orientation.
  • To increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for social change.
  • Understand the ways in which hierarchies of power; i.e., ideological, political and economic, determine and shape human experience.

 This course is required for CLSP students working toward a leadership certificate.
Anticipated Approval for: Arts and Sciences Contemporary Societies core requirements

 

LDSP 2910Practicum1 credit hour

Working on social change or service projects on campus or in the local community introduces students to experiences that often challenge their opinions and assumptions about society and provides an opportunity for self reflection of one’s beliefs, values, social identity and hopes for the future.

Students enrolled in LDSP 2910 are assigned a campus or community based project to work on. The classroom provides a setting where students can examine their leadership and chart a path for growth and development. Additionally students will analyze, problem solve, and resolve issues related to their project.  This course is required for CLSP students working toward a leadership certificate.  This course is an elective and may be repeated for up to 6 total credits.

 

LDSP 1571 Topics in Leadership1 credit hour

Examines the complex nature of leadership by applying knowledge and practice to contemporary and social issues. This course is required for CLSP students working toward a leadership certificate. This course is an elective and may be repeated for up to 3 total credits.


Also offered for our students:

LDSP 2820- Multi-Level Issues in Leadership: Global Civil Society – 3 credit hours

This course is designed for students interested in the international civil society.  Students will identify different forms of civil society in various locations.  They will learn about the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that operate in both developed and developing countries to influence democracy, free association, and/or increased political and societal pluralism. Additionally, the course will focus on NGO management and governance issues and contrast where civil society is promoted with countries where there are strict controls and limits on the activities of NGOs. Cross-sector strategies involving civil society, business and government will also be explored.

This course counts as lower division elective for CLSP students working toward a leadership certificate.