Course Curriculum

The BALOS program involves a sequence of 12 courses designed to build learners’ knowledge and strengths as leaders in a variety of organizational settings, as well as gain skills that are applicable beyond the workplace. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed, not just receive a diploma.

LDSH 100: Adult Development, Leadership and the Workplace

Effectiveness in today’s workplace increasingly requires skills of self-direction. By surfacing and examining assumptions about learning and work, and examining them from the perspective of constructive-developmental theory, students will develop and refine their capacities for leadership and effective teamwork while preparing themselves for the workplace of the future. (Partially fulfills ENG4 Core Curriculum requirement)

LDSH 101: Experience, Learning and Knowledge

An exploration of the experiential learning cycle, from reflection on experience to construction and application of knowledge, accomplished through writing experiential learning essays. Students will apply this analytical and self-reflective process to analyze their own experiential learning, to surface their tacit learning, and to take multiple perspectives about their knowledge. At the end of the course, students have the option to collect their essays and supporting documentation in an Experiential Learning Portfolio and submit it for Prior Learning Assessment. (Partially fulfills ENG4 Core Curriculum requirement)

Seminar 102, Western Tradition I

An exploration of the great writings  that have shaped the thoughts and imagination of the Western World. Students reflect critically on important ideas and learn to cultivate habits of careful and disciplined reading. (4.5 units)

LDSH 102: Leadership Theory and Ethics

This course studies the topic of leadership in an ethical framework. Beliefs and values will be examined as students learn how adult development is directed by a moral compass. Students will learn the foundations of leadership theory as they explore the role of leaders and how their vision and behavior affect the mission, goals, culture, and operations of organizations. Students will examine their own leadership potential in the light of expanded knowledge of leadership behavior and processes.

LDSH 105: Organizational Theory and Change

This course examines the major schools of thought regarding organizational theory. Within that framework, students will explore how major changes in the external and organizational context enable leaders to shape organizational designs, structures, and processes in ways likely to benefit the individuals served by the organization, the individuals within the organization, and the larger society.  Students will consider practical applications to support their becoming more effective members and leaders in their organizations.  An understanding of organizational theory and of team work as it relates to leadership lays the foundation for students’ capstone Leadership Project at the end of the second year of the Program. (This course partially fulfills the requirement in Written and Oral Communication and the requirement in Information Evaluation & Research Practice.)

LDSH 104: The External Environment of Leadership

This interdisciplinary course introduces the economic, political and social context for leadership. By focusing on changing demographics and socio/ political movements at the national and global level, students will identify the contextual influences on decision making, including power relationships, public policy and regulation, economic forecasts, and social trends. Students will use macro and microeconomic concepts to analyze particular social issues and public policy. (This course fulfills one Core Curriculum requirement in Social, Cultural, Historical understanding, and partially fulfills the requirement in Written and Oral Communication and the requirement in Information Evaluation and Research Practice.)

LDSH 106: Leading in a Diverse World

This course will assist students in developing a framework to appreciate the impact of culture on leadership behavior and processes, and in developing behavioral and cognitive skills that can be applied in diverse cultural contexts, both domestically and internationally. By selecting a specific country for study of its social history and culture, students will gain an understanding of the cultural nuances to leadership style, team development, organizational and interpersonal communication. They will be able to apply this learning to the practice of leadership in human resource development within multi-cultural organizational environments.

TRS 189: Wealth, Poverty and Economic Justice

This course focuses on the Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish and Christian peoples, texts that have had a profound influence on religion, art, politics, and culture for over two thousand years. This course will introduce students to the most important biblical texts and themes, focusing especially on the Torah and the Gospels, and will teach students to employ critical, scholarly tools for reading and interpretation. In addition, this course will focus on a special issue, theme, or question that appears in a diversity of biblical texts and that moves beyond the Bible to modern relevance or implications: wealth, poverty, and economic justice.

LDSH 103: Communications and Public Relations

This course provides an introduction to the major theories of communication with application to individuals, organizations and their markets, as well as society as a whole Leaders need this knowledge, skills, and understanding in order to communicate effectively with the internal and external environment. This course affords students the opportunity to create a public relations campaign that may serve to inform their leadership project.

LDSH 107: Applied Quantitative Methods

In preparation for the Leadership Project, students will demonstrate problem-solving and decision-making capabilities by gathering and analyzing data and information. Through class exercises and case analysis, students will learn how to collect, display and analyze data using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Various research methods for data collection and criteria for evaluation will be discussed and applied. A variety of concepts and tools will help students evaluate and interpret situations, including evaluation methodologies, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, interviewing techniques, survey design, graphical display of results, and presentation of analysis.

LDSH 108: Leadership Project and Fieldwork

In this course, students select a community-based project related to leadership and under faculty supervision, conduct an action research project and develop a report on their findings. Students work on team projects that  have been developed by the instructor. There is a required service learning component within a community-based organization for this course. (4.5 units)

LDSH 110: Integrative Leadership Seminar

In this capstone course, students reflect on and integrate their learning across the entire leadership program; explore insights and changes in their perspectives regarding themselves, learning, leadership, and their organizations; and connect their knowledge and experience with future learning and action. The course expands on the foundation of LOS101, Assessing Learning from Experience, more deeply examining the process and implications of knowledge construction from experience and prepares students for a second submission of experiential learning essays to be evaluated for transcripted credit.