Core Course: PACE-C 100: Introduction to Theories of Leadership
Students will research, compare and analyze different leadership styles and assess how theories of leadership evolve and how leaders thrive in different contexts and typically, in strong relationship with followers. Key leadership theories presented begin with the most traditional “great man” theory of leadership, the command-and-control model. From here, we will explore how theories changed and highlight ideas presented by various influential theorists. Students will have an opportunity to interview a leader and observe leadership-in-action to see how leadership makes a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives. Students learn to identify characteristics of context such as the relationship between leaders and followers and the subsequent impacts on groups, communities, states and nations.
PACE-C 350/HIST-A 379: Leadership, Social Movements, and Politics in Modern America
What do Black Lives Matter, the Ku Klux Klan, the Industrial Workers of the World, the National Organization for Women, Trad Youth, Occupy, and the Anti-Saloon League have in common? They are all social movement organizations that sought to resist or promote change in modern America. This course focuses on case studies of social movements and their leaders across the political spectrum; introduces social movement and leadership theories that illuminate these studies; and provides opportunities for students to develop their own leadership capacities.
ENG-L 208: Topics in English and American Literature and Culture
Topic: Leaders and Leadership in Literature
Stories lie at the heart of leadership. Whether it be telling stories, learning from stories, inspiring with stories, leaders constantly turn to the art of storytelling to help guide themselves and others in articulating and achieving a wide range of goals. This course will use novels, young adult literature, historical fiction, and literary non-fiction to explore various topics connected to leadership.
PHIL-P 376: Leadership and Philosophy
In the scholarly literature on effective leadership, a repeatedly stressed theme is that an effective leader holds fast to a certain moral-philosophical principles. In other words, allegiance to a philosophical vision of “the right” and “the good” seems to be an important foundation for successful leadership. This course aims to study the connections between leadership and philosophy, by focusing on some diverse and illuminating case studies of philosophically-informed leadership: President & General, George Washington & Che Guevara, Marxist Latin-American revolutionary; First-wave feminist, women’s suffrage and anti-slavery leader, Susan B. Anthony & Gloria Steinem, second-wave feminist social activist and “media worker”; Non-violent, Indian independence and spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi & Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Civil Rights Leader. For each unit, we will read, whenever possible, the writings and speeches of these leaders, screen popular biopics, and study the most up-to-date accounts of the leader’s role in politics and/or social-humanitarian movements. We will focus especially on the philosophical background that informed that leader’s vision of the right and the good, and in some cases, the moral and political-philosophical reflection that was sparked in part by that leader’s work.
SOC-S 205: Gender and Leadership
Why are fewer women than men in leadership positions? This course examines the disparity using an evidence based-approach, including information from scholarly and popular works of the press. Explores how students of both genders can become better leaders. Provides an overview of how social scientists understand gender and other categories of identity as social.