Leadership and Change

REL806
Spring 2018
M 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area IV
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

“Leadership” and “change” are two words that could, in a time of rapid cultural change, seem redundant. Leaders in all varieties of organizations must work toward a vision of a reality that does not yet exist, and the more quickly the world changes, the more quickly communities of all kinds must adapt. Their leaders must help them do so. In this course, participants will learn about leading change in organizations that foster transformation, such as churches, schools, and nonprofit social justice agencies. After having taken the course, participants will be able to (1) define leadership and its tasks, (2) describe their gifts and growing edges as leaders, (3) plot out a change process, and (4) help another person to do all of the above.

Background Expected: 

Students who take this course will find that they can apply their learning to organizations other than churches and other faith communities, but a participant who is genuinely disinterested by religious approaches to leadership will be expected to adapt to a theologically-inclusive but nonetheless overtly religious approach to leadership and change.

Course Requirements: 

This course includes reading and discussion of reading, weekly postings on readings, an integrative paper (using course materials, as opposed to a research paper) and an action/reflection project that involves working with one or two partners as a “coach” for a leader in the wider community. 

Basis of Evaluation: 

25% Weekly postings, as adjudicated by the instructor using a published rubric

25% Course participation, as adjudicated by the instructor using a published rubric

25% Integrative paper, as adjudicated by the instructor using a published rubric

25% Leadership Coaching project, as adjudicated by groupmates and the client, using a rubric created and distributed by the instructor