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Leadership Courses (LEAD)

LEAD 160 PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, SELF-INQUIRY, AND DISCOVERY (3)
This course introduces students to the complexity of leadership through exploring classic and contemporary leadership theories with explicit connection to leadership practice. Students will learn about leadership concepts on an individual, group, and systemic level. Topics covered include: definitions of leadership, leadership theories, leadership and management, organizational leadership and change, diverse perspectives of leadership, and ethics. Through this course, students will develop competence and confidence in their ability to exercise leadership.

LEAD 161 EMERGING LEADERS (2)
This course is designed to acquaint entering freshmen with 21st-century models of leadership, and to expose them to the multiple opportunities for active participation in leadership at USD. Through readings, class presentations, experiential exercises, journal reflections, and small group discussion, students will be challenged to map their path of initial leadership development at USD.

LEAD 162 OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP (3)
This course will examine how the application of leadership, judgment, and decision-making principles affect the quality of wilderness experiences and the safety of the group. It includes classroom, case-study, experiential, and reflective learning opportunities, and will demonstrate how to apply lessons learned in the outdoors to other leadership opportunities. (Fee required)

LEAD 349 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP (3)
This course is constructed along a feminist pedagogical perspective and looks at the impact of gender on leadership. The approach focuses on theoretical and practical viewpoints. This course emphasizes and creates space for the exercise of self-awareness, skill development, self-reflection, and social responsibility for women in leadership.

LEAD 350 LEADERSHIP AND GROUP DEVELOPMENT (3)
This course provides opportunities for students to study and analyze the complexity of leadership and groups Drawing on leadership and group theories and models, the following topics will be examined with explicit connections to experiences within and outside of the classroom: group dynamics, roles, norms, authority, power, and collaboration. Through this course students will develop greater awareness of roles, behaviors, and social identities in themselves and others. They will also learn how to be an effective group member and how to exercise leadership in groups.

LEAD 351 LEADERSHIP FOR CHANGE CAPSTONE (3)
This capstone course is designed to integrate students’ learning in the Leadership Minor with their experiences across a variety of contexts. Students will explore leadership for change on the interconnected levels of self, group, and system. They will engage in individual and group reflection to increase integrative learning and decrease blind spots. Additionally, students will solidify their personal philosophy of leadership and complete a group change project to affect the larger community. Throughout the course students will continuously examine the group process to better understand and apply leadership concepts to practice. Prerequisites: EDLD/LEAD 160 at the Undergraduate level with a minimum grade of C- and EDLD/LEAD 350 or LEAD 357 at the Undergraduate level with a minimum grade of C-.

LEAD 352 NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (3)
This capstone course is designed to integrate students’ learning in the Leadership Minor with their experiences across a variety of contexts. Students will explore leadership for change on the interconnected levels of self, group, and system. They will engage in individual and group reflection to increase integrative learning and decrease blind spots. Additionally, students will solidify their personal philosophy of leadership and complete a group change project to affect the larger community. Throughout the course students will continuously examine the group process to better understand and apply leadership concepts to practice.

LEAD 353 PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES AND THE PRACTICE OF LEADERSHIP (3)
This course explores ethical issues pertinent to organizations. Students gain greater awareness of philosophical, religious, and civic traditions of leadership in organizations. Topics include social responsibility, employee rights, employee participation in decision making, self-regulation, economic justice, honesty, and deception.

LEAD 354 LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS (3)
This course is designed to provide an overview of how issues of diversity impact organizations. Using the organization as a frame of reference, topics include oppression, racism, discrimination, structural factors in organizations, communication across cultures, cultural differences affecting organizations, and moral obligations connected with the role of a leader. Students will analyze the reciprocal nature of beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors with regard to various microcultures in organizations.

LEAD 355S AGENCY SEMINAR I (1)
Students taking this course gain an appreciation for the role of leaders in human service organizations. Topics include volunteerism, agency administration, financial management, and ethics and values.

LEAD 356S AGENCY SEMINAR II (1)
This course is a continuation of LEAD 355S.

LEAD 357 LEADERSHIP AND THE PRACTICE OF PRESENCE (3)
This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to study the dynamics of leadership and authority in an experiential learning environment. Students develop the personal skills, awareness, and discipline necessary to exercise leadership effectively; and they are encouraged to expand their thinking beyond traditional notions of leadership. The weekend format provides a temporary organizational setting that duplicates to some extent the dynamics that occur regularly in organizations, connecting classroom learning to real world problems. Learning in this course encompasses the interconnected levels of self, others, and systems.

LEAD 359 MODELS OF PARTICIPATORY LEADERSHIP (3)
This course is an opportunity for participants to be exposed to the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation (MCC). MCC is in Mondragon, Spain, and is a unique organizational model of superior economic success coupled with participatory leadership, management, ownership, and decision making. Participants will review the sales, financial, and growth figures, and will become acquainted with MCC’s unique educational, training, financial, and human resources systems, as well as with the institutionalized core values that support MCC. These values are based on an ongoing balance between organization and personal needs, continuous solidarity with each other and the community, and economic and social justice. This class is currently being held during the summer only.

LEAD 372 Leadership and Spirituality (3)
This course focuses on leadership as a spiritual activity, reclaiming the notion that authentic leadership comes from within, inspired by our unique passions and talents, and guided by our deepest beliefs and most cherished values. We will consider the spiritual roots of authentic leadership through exploration of an individual’s own experience of leadership and spirituality, informed by recent research and readings from authorities in the fields of leadership studies, spirituality, psychology, sociology, and theology.

LEAD 373 Lessons in Leadership: The American Presidency (3)
This course provides opportunities for students to study and analyze the complexity of leadership by examining the lives and actions of selected U.S. presidents. Students will exam, critique, and report on matters of presidential leadership as noted by historians, journalists, leadership experts, and the presidents themselves. The overall purpose of the course is to abstract “lessons in leaders,” if any, and to test the proposition that U.S. presidents should be “leaders of character.”

LEAD 379 (1-3)
This course is used by SOLES for experimental topics courses. The title for each 379 course will vary by topic and program/department. If more than one 379 course is offered during a single semester, section numbers will help identify the course.

LEAD 387P STUDENT LEADERSHIP PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE (1-3)
The Student Leadership Practical Experience is a course designed to provide a structured classroom experience to accompany a practical leadership experience on campus. Through the practical experience and classroom experience, students will focus on applying leadership concepts to practice, engage in reflection, and develop their leadership capacities. Practical experience placement must be pre-approved.

LEAD 388 LEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP AND SKILL DEVELOPMENTI (1-3)
Students taking this internship develop their leadership skills by serving in a position of influence in an off-campus community organization. The internship connects leadership concepts to leadership practice and provides experience from which students can gain valuable job skills and experience in a possible future career. Through the internship experience and accompanying classroom experience, students will be able to examine their experiences alongside leadership concepts, engage in reflection, and develop their leadership capacities. Internship placement must be pre-approved. Prerequisites: Any one of the following at the Undergraduate level with a minimum grade of C-: EDLD/LEAD 160, EDLD/LEAD 350, EDLD/LEAD 352, EDLD/LEAD 357

LEAD 389 LEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT II (1-3)
Students taking this internship develop their leadership skills by serving in a position of influence in an off-campus community organization. The internship connects leadership concepts to leadership practice and provides experience from which students can gain valuable job skills and experience in a possible future career. Through the internship experience and accompanying classroom experience, students will be able to examine their experiences alongside leadership concepts, engage in reflection, and develop their leadership capacities. Internship placement must be pre-approved. Prerequisites: Any one of the following at the Undergraduate level with a minimum grade of C-: EDLD/LEAD 160, EDLD/LEAD 350, EDLD/LEAD 352,

EDLD/LEAD 357
LEAD 399/499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
Independent study designed for individual student needs. Students must complete the Application for Independent Study or Research form and obtain the signatures of the faculty supervisor, Department Chair, and the Associate Dean prior to registering for the course.