Concentrations

Our concentrations are designed to build upon the foundation of leadership knowledge in your first year of the MA in Leadership program to provide you with a specialized focus in an area of leadership practice.

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Concentrations at-a-glance:

 

Coaching for Organizational Learning and Change

This concentration expands the range of capacities and skills in leadership. By acquiring practical knowledge in coaching and facilitation, learners enhance their effectiveness in developing others, improving performance, and promoting collaboration, in service of personal and organizational goals and aspirations.

Social Justice

This concentration focuses on promoting social justice, built on a foundation of fostering awareness of inequalities and cultivating actions that advance justice. We use a theory-to-practice orientation that includes action research driven by a desire to expand justice and an exploration of how justice can be advanced in individuals, groups, and society.
 

Concentration Overview:  Coaching for Organizational Learning and Change
 

The concentration in Coaching for Organizational Learning and Change expands the range of capacities and skills in leadership. By acquiring practical knowledge in coaching and facilitation learners enhance their effectiveness in developing others, improve performance, and promote collaboration, in service of personal and organizational goals and aspirations.

You Will Focus On:
 

  • Understanding, designing and facilitating powerful experiences in learning and change for individuals and groups
  • Learning how to incorporate effective coaching and skillful leadership into your existing role and responsibilities
  • Building a foundation for a profession in individual, team and group coaching

Your Learning Goals Will Include:
 

  • Understanding advanced theories of learning and change to improve human performance
  • Acquiring practical knowledge in facilitation and coaching
  • Mastering a range of primary competencies in coaching, including but not limited to self-awareness, presence, relating, listening, questioning and action inquiry
  • Becoming more competent and confident in turning learning edges and challenges into asserts and strengths for work with others

Concentration Course Curriculum:
 

Module VII CONCENTRATION COURSE #1: The Art and Science of Coaching: Principles, Processes and Competencies
This course draws upon the variety of disciplines that inform the practice of coaching, such as psychology, adult learning, communication, and human performance to acquaint the learner with the theories, models, and skills needed to effectively coach individuals and/or groups. The course offers ample opportunities for learners to explore the craft of coaching, to develop their skills, and their unique style. The course also focuses on the practice of coaching in organizational life and leadership, as a particular expression of leadership and a pathway for developing others. Attention to how coaching links with organizational goals and culture, as well as designing and learning from results­ oriented actions, is explored as well.
Module IX CONCENTRATION COURSE #2: The Craft of Group and Meeting Facilitation
In this highly practical course, learners become acquainted with the theories, methods, and techniques of effective facilitation in meetings and in groups. The course examines the various types and ingredients of facilitation, and the role of group dynamics and development involved. By engaging the learner's experience and opportunities for practice, the course helps identify and enhance one's unique approach to group and meeting facilitation, while increasing one's competence and confidence. Attention to how to design agendas, make appropriate interventions, address conflict, and foster collaboration are also explored. In addition, the course introduces a framework for ongoing practitioner development in effective group and meeting facilitation.
Module X CONCENTRATION COURSE #3: Coaching and Facilitation Practicum: Individual and Group Approaches
This course is focused on advancing one's professional practice in coaching and/or facilitation. Learners have the opportunity to participate in applied coaching and facilitation activities in and out of class, receive feedback, and experiment with new learning. Each person creates a personal and professional development plan that engages and transforms their learning edges, designs a course of action for continued learning, and develops strategies for incorporating a coaching and/or facilitation practice into their work and life.

 

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Concentration Overview:  Social Justice

The concentration in Social Justice provides you with a specialized focus in an area of leadership practice. The concentration focuses on promoting social justice, which is built on a foundation of fostering awareness of inequalities and cultivates ongoing habits of mind and of actions that advance justice. This concentration is grounded in a theory­ to ­practice orientation, action research driven by a desire to expand justice, and an exploration of how justice can be advanced in individuals, groups, and society.

 

You Will Focus On:

  • Promoting social justice, which fosters awareness of inequalities and cultivates ongoing habits of mind and action to advance justice
  • A theory-to-practice orientation
  • Action research driven by a desire to expand justice
  • Exploration of the ways to advance justice for individuals, groups and society

 

Your Learning Goals Will Include:

  • Learning political and spiritual philosophies that shape how society understands and talks about social justice
  • Applying knowledge of these philosophies in personal, professional and academic contexts
  • Connecting leadership theory to current and historical social movements
  • Expanding your ability to create and enact change strategies in complex systems
  • Deepening your awareness of the ways justice and inequality issues are working in teams, organizations, cities, countries and international settings

 

Concentration Course Curriculum:

Module VII CONCENTRATION COURSE #1: Foundations of Justice
This module provides foundational understandings for justice and develops skills for advocacy and deliberation of justice issues. The readings include moral philosophy, critical theory, and spiritual and faith traditions’ view of justice. Learners will be expected to use the readings, discussions, and activities of the course to both question and refine their individual and collective sense of what justice means and to engage in thoughtful deliberation about complex issues. Each learner will choose an issue of justice, investigate multiple perspectives on it, and write a paper advocating a particular position related to that issue.
Module IX CONCENTRATION COURSE #2: Social Movements
This module looks deeply into social movements as a responsibility of community membership on local and global scales, and at social justice as a context for exercising leadership. Specifically, in this module we will use case studies of social movements and your own interests and experiences to explore the nature of leadership and change. Particular attention will be invested in the notions of advocacy and social mobilization in movements rooted in interconnected issues of justice. Learners will also have the opportunity to research and present a movement important to them and shape and guide the learning for the full class.
Module X CONCENTRATION COURSE #3: Policy & Systemic Change
This module focuses on social policy as a potent vehicle for fostering meaningful change in large complex social systems. Effective social policy not only has the potential to not only address the unfair and unequal distribution of benefits and access, but to advance the health and well being of all. We pay attention to social policy as a collective response to a social problem, which involves the process of policy making, its outcome and implementation. The overarching goal of the course is to recognize the policy cycle as means for systems change particularly as it pertains to social justice concerns, and to explore the role leadership plays in this change and in all phases of the policy cycle.

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