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Advanced Topics in Leadership Ministry
This seminar is designed to allow students to pursue—in depth—themes raised in the introductory courses REL 811 or REL 848. The course’s overall consideration is how an educational leader trained at YDS can effectively “minister” to students, colleagues, and other members of school communities. Readings and discussions cover a range of topics including the tradition of faith-based education, school mission, pedagogy, worship, service programs, and ethical leadership in the “business” of schools (admissions, budgets, fundraising). The seminar also makes extensive use of case studies and simulations. For the major research project, each seminar student pursues a topic of particular interest related to schools and educational leadership. Research includes direct experience, field work/campus visits, and review of scholarship. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality arise in connection with topics considered in this seminar.
Preferred: REL 811 or REL 848
Class has weekly readings (books or articles) and posted reflections. Students also write an essay on worship experience and a major research paper on a topic of choice.
50% Research paper, 50% weekly posted reflections, (1) worship paper, class participation.