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Courses for Undergraduate CreditLDRS 120 Issues in Leadership: Students will explore behaviors and concepts related to a leadership topic of interest.LDRS 300 Introduction to Leadership Concepts: This course will actively engage students in the acquisition of information about historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and issues associated with leadership. Students will be exposed to the nature of leadership through presentation of objective material, through group activities, and through laboratory exercises.LDRS 302 Introduction to Leadership Behavior: An interdisciplinary course designed to introduce the student to the tasks, strategies, and skills of effective leadership. Course activities will move the student from theory to the practical processes of leadership. Basic concepts essential to personal skills development and organizational leadership behavior are included. Requisite Information: PR, LDRS 300 or PERM.
LDRS 306 (formerly 480) Leadership and Team Dynamics: Teambuilding, teamwork, and team leading draws information from a wide variety of disciplines to introduce students to the ever important topic of teaming.
LDRS 310 Field Work in Leadership Studies: This interdisciplinary course is designed to provide the student with an awareness and understanding of current issues relating to the nature and tasks of collaborative leadership behavior. The student is asked to identify an issue or problem and practice leadership by developing and implementing a community project. Requisite Information: PR, LDRS 300, LDRS 302 or PERM. LDRS 420 Women and Leadership: Current issues and trends of women and leadership will be examined from historical to contemporary and from social to personal perspectives. Requisite Information: Junior/Senior Standing or PermissionLDRS 450 Advanced Leadership Behaviors: The behaviors and skill necessary to be effective at doing leadership will be explored through both the leader and follower perspectives. Advanced influence, motivation, decision-making, conflict/ negotiation strategies and meeting management will be examined primarily in the interpersonal context. Course materials and activities will challenge students to connect theory to practice. Requisite Information: LDRS 300 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; LDRS 302 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; PR.; LDRS 300 and LDRS 302LDRS 490 Topics in Leadership Studies: Courses will provide in-depth study of a particular topic in the study of leadership behavior. Course title and topic of study will be displayed in the class schedule.LDRS 600 Seminar in Organizational Leadership: Students will conduct an in-depth examination of a particular topic in the study of organizational leadership. Course title and topic of the study will be displayed in the class schedule.LDRS 640 Principles of Civic Leadership: This course is designed to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the major components and principles of civic leadership. Classroom activities examine the leadership process in the context of community and society. This approach encourages ordinary citizens to take responsibility, organize, and build coalitions for the purpose of effecting social change. Requisite Information: LDRS 300 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; LDRS 302 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; LDRS 310 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite Permission Required: PR., LDRS 300, LDRS 302 & LDRS 310; or PERMLDRS 650 Principles of Organizational Leadership: This course is designed to provide students with the basic principles and elements of the growing organizational leadership discipline. Leadership theories and behaviors are examined in the context of the modern organization. Requisite Information: LDRS 300 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; LDRS 302 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; PR, LDRS 300, LDRS 302, or PERM.LDRS 651 Readings in Leadership Studies: Directed readings on a specific topic in leadership. Requisite Information: Permission RequiredLDRS 670 Leadership and Personal Development: The focus of this course will be on you as the leader from an individual perspective. It will be an introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. The course will be based on each student's perception of their own life experiences that have helped them reach this level in their leadership development journey (Past), where they are now in that journey (Present), and their personal leadership goals (Future). Requisite Information: LDRS 302 - Non-Lab Pre-Requisite; PR., LDRS 302 or PERM.LDRS 677 Internship in Leadership Studies: This course is designed for students in their final stage of the leadership studies field of emphasis. Activities include practical experience in an organization that will allow a student to exercise, observe, and appreciate leadership behavior. Requisite Information: PR., LDRS 300, LDRS 302, LDRS 310 or PERM.LDRS 800 Organizational Leadership: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in a variety of organizational settings. Students will develop a deep understanding of how organizations function and what role leaders at all levels can play to improve organizational performance. Course materials and activities will focus on the human behavior in organizations, the role leadership plays in organizational life, and the processes of organizational change and improvement. Requisite Information: Graduate Standing; PR: Graduate AdmissionLDRS 810 Leadership Assessment and Intervention: A course designed to increase student's abilities to diagnose organizational leadership and to inject appropriate change, as leadership challenges dictate. The leadership assessment portion of the class takes the student through the process of identifying what they intend to study, to developing a research project, to implementing a method, and analyzing the results. The intervention portion of the class moves students into the role of change agent as they prescribe "fixes" based on their diagnosis. Constant monitoring and follow-up completes the intervention process. The course is designed to give students a better understanding of how consultants study and change organizations, as such, this course is very practical & involves a deep commitment to working for a "client". Leadership assessment & intervention is a course designed for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Requisite Information: Graduate Standing PR., Graduate Standing.LDRS 812 Advanced Leadership Theories: An advanced course required of students completing the organizational leadership concentration in the MLS program. This course is offered to students that have excelled in the core classes and other organizational leadership courses, thus this course is designed as a capstone educational opportunity. The expectations are stringent, but the rewards are obvious - you will learn much more about where leadership comes from. This course, unlike others you have had, will challenge you to gain depth of knowledge in leadership theory by looking at the original works of leadership theorists. We can only truly know where to go if we have an understanding of where we have come from. Requisite Information: Graduate Standing PR., Graduate Standing.LDRS 870 Readings in Organizational Leadership: Students will develop a research question, intensively review selected readings and critical research to provide a foundation for answering this question, and then provide implications addressing the material reviewed. The instructor and students will agree upon the research question and develop a plan creating a basis for answering the question and providing recommendations for further review.LDRS 880 Seminar in Organizational Leadership: Ethical Leadership: Students will conduct an in-depth examination of a particular topic in the study of organizational leadership. Course title and topic of the study will be displayed in the class schedule. LDRS 890 Internship in Organizational Leadership: This course is designed for students in their final stages of the Master of Liberal Studies program. Activities include practical experience in an organization which will allow the student to participate in a meaningful leadership experience.LDRS 895 Research Project in Organizational Leadership: This course is an individual study of a selected problem relating to leadership theory, organizational leadership, leadership development or leadership education.
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