Leadership and Social Change | Course Catalogue

2020-2021 Catalogue
Wesleyan Certificate in Leadership and Social Change

The Wesleyan Leadership and Social Change Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to grow and develop leadership skills grounded in the ethos of social change. All students will be exposed to principles of effective leadership and the social change model of leadership. Students earning a certificate in leadership and social change at Wesleyan College will be prepared to begin work in vocational paths that require experience with advocacy, social change models, organizational change strategy, and service and
nonprofit leadership. Importantly, these Wesleyan students will also be able to articulate how their academic course of study has better prepared them for such positions and conversely how their experiential learning in the certificate program has prepared them to be leaders in career fields within and beyond their academic majors and minors.
 
Specific student learning outcomes include:
 
  1. Students will learn the basic principles of the Social Change Model of Leadership and learn how to apply those principles to their own leadership experience.
  2. Students will learn about their own leadership style and strengths and how best to leverage that in leadership opportunities.
  3. Students will reflect on their leadership experiences and develop a confidence in their ability to lead.
  4. Students will develop an understanding of how service and leadership intersect and how best to become a critical Servant Leader, one attentive to questions of power and privilege.
  5. Students will understand philosophies of power, leadership, and social change, and be able to articulate their own philosophies.
  6. Students will gain hands on experience in community leadership, advocacy, and social change, providing them with transferable skill sets for postgraduate study and work.
  7. Students will learn how individual, organizational, and societal oppression intersect and engage in models of advocacy and leadership to address oppression.

Program Components and Curriculum
 
  1. Completion of the following four courses: WIS 110 WISe Leadership Lab, LED /PHI 207 Effective Leadership in Community, LED/PHI 307 Power and Service Leadership, and REL/PHI/LED 450 Senior Project Seminar.*
  2. Participation in a Wesleyan leadership activity with required reflection on the activity. (e.g., SLI, Servant Leadership scholars, SGA or club President, PDE with a leadership component.)
  3. The completion of at least 25 hours of Lane Center approved service hours (students wishing to compete the leadership certificate must register with the Lane Center to have their service hours tracked).
  4. Presentation during Celebrating Student Scholarship day on their senior year capstone project, which will be completed in the senior seminar.
 
*** Transfer or other students who did not take WIS 110 may request permission to substitute another leadership centered course or experience for WIS 110.
** Successful completion of the above components and student progress in the program will be monitored by the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in consultation with the Director of the Lane Center.
 
Leadership (LED) Course Descriptions
 

LED 207: Effective Leadership in Community.
Goal: Designed to put basic leadership principles and skills into practice as well as provide emerging student leaders with an understanding of effective leadership practices, philosophies of social change, social change strategies, and information on engagement opportunities on campus and in the community.
Content: Students will explore a variety of theories and philosophies of social change and will engage academic research on these topics. Students will use their new found understanding of philosophies of social change to focus
on the social change model of leadership in experiential learning settings. Students will evaluate their own personal leadership style and its implications as a practicing leader of social change.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of WIS 110 or permission from the instructor
Cross-listed as: PHI 207
Credit: 3 hours

LED 307: Power and Service Leadership.
Goal: This class is designed to assist emerging leaders with knowledge, skills, and practice to enact effective social change. This course is also designed for students to think critically about questions of power in various leadership,
and particularly service leadership positions.

Content: Students will explore philosophies and critical theories of power, including philosophies of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability. This course discusses the following aspects of service learning for social change – why we are involved in service learning, what we get out of service learning, what do we give to those we serve, what do we take from those we serve, what are the unintended consequences of our service, and how can we maximize the good of our service for all involved? Students will engage how social change is accomplished in our society as well as advantages and limitations of various change strategies in terms of their impact on and use of societal power dynamics.
Prerequisites: PHI/LED 207 or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed as: PHI 307
Credit: 3 hours

LED 450: Senior Project Seminar.
Goal: To provide advanced Religion, Philosophy, and Social Change and Leadership Certificate students with the opportunity to complete and present a lengthy, meaningful research project or capstone integrative experience in
Religious Studies, Philosophy and Critical Theory, or Leadership and Social Change and to reflect on their development as a Religion, Philosophy, and Social Change or Leadership scholar and on how their course of study informs their future plans.
Content: Students will create a senior portfolio that includes several representative papers, a reflection on their growth as a Religion, Philosophy, and Social Change and/or Leadership scholar, and a reflection on how their major
can inform her their future plans. They will also engage in extensive research on a problem in Religion, Philosophy, or Leadership and Social Change that will issue in a work that will be presented in a public forum. Students taking
this class for credit toward the Leadership and Social Change Certificate will have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge they have gained from their academic endeavors coupled with their knowledge of the social change
model of leadership development to design and implement a capstone project that demonstrates their ability to apply what they’ve learned about leadership and social change in a local context to problem solving beyond their college careers.
Prerequisite: Four REL or PHI courses, or three LED courses, or permission of the instructor
Cross-listed as: PHI 450 and REL 450
Credit: 3 hours

 
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