Course Curriculum for M.A. in Leadership

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Module I: The Practice of Building Learning Communities

In this course, learners will focus on deepening their skills in the areas of critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and reflection. Learners will also develop their capacity to attend to how they influence others—and are influenced by others, and other elements of becoming a viable learning community.

Module II: Values, Ethics and Decision Making

Globalization, multiculturalism, technological advances, and the ever-turbulent nature of organizational life require new kinds of knowledge and skills on the part of leaders.  This course seeks to provide foundational knowledge toward developing practical knowledge in leadership suitable to the 21st century through the exploration of personal values, beliefs and world-views and the role they play in our individual and collective lives.

Module III: Leadership Theory

This module focuses on learners’ understanding of historical and contemporary theories of leadership, and critically examines the assumptions and values that are implicit in these respective theories.  Learners complete this module with a thorough understanding of 21st Century Leadership practices, an understanding of the fundamental differences between leadership and management and their personal definition of leadership.

Module IV: Global Context for 21st Century Leadership

Systems Theory is a contemporary telling of an ancient and perennial story about the world as alive, dynamic, and interrelated.  Because leadership is a relational activity that takes place in complex social organizations, Systems Theory and the thinking it fosters, is particularly useful to practitioners of leadership in the 21st century.

Module V: Leadership in Action

This module is the initial bridge from theory to praxis within the program.  Module V presents an opportunity for the investigation and analysis of the connections within the first four modules, beginning with a look inward through self-exploration, continuing toward personal leadership goals, and ultimately to action based on such goals.

Module VI: Sustainable Organizational Change

This module is designed to provide learners with the assessment, learning, and research tools necessary to effect sustainable change in their own organizations.  Participants will learn in greater depth about two specific inquiry strategies--action research and cooperative inquiry—and will have the opportunity to practice one of them.

Module VII: Building Cross-Cultural Capacity

The purpose of this course is to 1) deepen our awareness of the complexity of cross-cultural issues and develop skills to engage other people successfully across these differences; and 2) develop capacity to value and approach differences requires a willingness to move across a line, or boundary, which defines that difference. 

Module VIII: Policy, Leadership and Systemic Change

In this course we view policy and the policy making process as a vehicle for systemic change through leadership. The policy cycle—the process, product and evaluation -- is examined through several lenses, including but not limited to: systems theory, values, participatory democracy, action research, and adaptive leadership. Existing social policies provide the case studies for the course.

Module IX: The Future of Leadership

In this module learners examine ways of implementing change in their organizations, with an emphasis on employing the 21st Century Leadership practices.  As an alternative to leader-driven change, learners will explore ways of using various strategies of engagement based on genuine human participation and interaction on both a micro and a macro level.

Module X: Personal and Organizational Learning

During this course learners will have an opportunity to demonstrate 21st Century Leadership practices that have been explored and applied over the course of the program.  This will include group reflections on the learning that has been gained through their research projects and guided reflection on personal and professional learning.  A three-day retreat will be the vehicle for tying this together.

Module XI: Leadership Project

This course focuses on the development of a final project proposal for the Masters in Leadership Program.  The Leadership Project is to demonstrate the student’s capacity to apply leadership toward personal and organizational learning and change in the learner’s home environment, including, but not limited to, their place of employment, community or neighborhood.