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Leadership Studies Course Offerings

LEAD 100 Leadership Theory and Practice
Introduces and acquaints students with the history of leadership studies, past and current leadership theories and styles, and their practical implementation in the daily operational activities in the fields of health studies, engineering/manufacturing, international business or education. The course focuses on definitional issues (What is leadership?) and explanations (How does it work?). At the end of the course students are expected to demonstrate basic knowledge in various approaches, frameworks and activities of leadership theory, particularly within their chosen field of study and be able to give practical examples of leadership within those fields. (Available only through the College Credit Program.)

LEAD 200 Introduction to Leadership Studies – C-IS
This course focuses on definitional issues (What is leadership?) and explanation (How does it work?). The course also acquaints students with theories and styles of leadership.

LEAD 250 Experiential Leadership Through Wilderness Expedition
This course is available to students enrolled in the SNC Gap Program and is taught in cooperation with the Voyageur Outward Bound School. The course will focus on identifying and learning leadership skills within a small group setting. Students will increase their self-awareness as a member of a team, discover their leadership talents and skills within a group, develop and build interpersonal communication skills, learn to adjust leadership styles within the context of small group dynamics, and understand the values that guide their leadership style.

LEAD 336 / POLI 336 Executive Leadership
An examination of executive leadership at the national, state and local levels in the United States. Focuses on leadership development, leadership styles and the impact of leadership in governing. Prerequisite: POLI 130 or LEAD 200. Spring semester, alternate years.

LEAD 350 Leadership in Modern Mass Movements
This course will examine both the theory and practice of leadership within the context of mass movements. These include religious movements, movements of social or environmental concerns, and nationalist movements from all regions of the world throughout the modern era. This course will seek to answer three questions in order to highlight and fully understand the significance of leadership in each of these movements. First, although leadership styles tend to differ according to doctrine and aspiration, what characteristics do all leaders of mass movements share? Second, why do individuals join and/or support mass movements? Third, how do leaders of mass movements motivate their followers? Prerequisite: LEAD 200.

LEAD 360 Gender and Leadership
Gender and Leadership examines a number of questions regarding the relationship of gender and leadership in different contexts: business, the political arena and social movements. The course will address several questions, e.g., the role of gender in the emergence of leaders, the role of gender in the evaluation of leaders, the role of gender in explaining different leadership styles, and the role that gender plays in the success or failure of leaders. The course will examine the theoretical literature on gender and its relationship to leadership from a number of disciplinary perspectives — communications, political science, psychology and sociology. In addition, the course will also use case studies in order to determine the importance of gender and leadership in specific circumstances. Prerequisite: LEAD 200 or sophomore standing.

LEAD 361 Peer Leadership
Leadership can be properly understood in the context of well-run organizational activities, the appropriate exercise of vision and authority, and the intentional application of skills and abilities. But leadership can be especially challenging in interpersonal work, team, or social relationships that revolve around peer behavior. Peer leadership aims to provide students an opportunity to explore contemporary student development theory, to understand the needs and leadership gifts of a variety of special populations, and to learn about and practice a variety of skills in order to create change. Students in this course will be asked to apply this knowledge to the St. Norbert College residential campus in a way that leads to a changed campus culture and improved quality of life for the campus community.

LEAD 363 Leadership and Civic Engagement
This course explores the connection of leadership as social change to leadership as service. It will help students build a strong theoretical foundation in socially-engaged leadership and then apply those theories in community engagement projects. The course demands that students work in small groups with community partners in education, business, and non-profit organizations. Prerequisite: LEAD 200.

LEAD 389 Special Topics
This is a seminar course that is offered whenever a mutual interest in a more specialized topic in leadership studies exists for a faculty member and a sufficient number of students.

LEAD 400 Leadership Studies Capstone
This course combines skills development and practical applications with the synthesis and integration of theories and concepts of leadership. The course provides students with the opportunity to observe, demonstrate and apply socially responsible leadership on campus and in the community. As part of the seminar students may participate as a discussion leader in the introductory leadership studies course, intern at a local service organization or conduct original research on a leadership subject. Prerequisite: LEAD 200, senior standing or instructor’s consent.