Perspectives - PERS 2002: Cultural Evolution of Leadership...

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PERS 2002: Cultural Evolution of Leadership #17356 Mondays 1:00 PM - 2:40 AM Aderhold 224 Spring 2011 Instructor Dhanfu E. Elston (dah-nee-foo) Academic Professional for Student Retention 224 Sparks Hall 404-413-2056 (phone) delston@gsu.edu Office Hours 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM by appointment Course Overview: Today’s students encounter a world that demands a new level of intellectual sophistication, intercultural literacy, and social engagement from college graduates. They face technological revolutions, pressing societal problems, and unparalleled opportunities; however, the culture and changes of United States leadership are rarely examined through an historical context. This course will cover a broad range of areas associated with changes in how effective leadership is defined and practiced in the U.S. Students will come to understand the concept of relational leadership and how it differs from traditional leadership theories. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. These include the following: leadership language, theory, and style; communication; diversity; values, ethics and legalities associated with leadership; globalization; group member behaviors; and productivity through appropriate uses of delegation, meetings, decision making models, and power. These leadership areas are linked together in a network rather than stacked in a hierarchical relationship. Course Learning Objectives Through active engagement in the course and course materials, students will: 1. Discover the complexities of leadership and the multidisciplinary nature of leadership studies. Understand and apply the Relational Leadership Model. 2. Compare and contrast traditional and emergent paradigms of leadership. Increase self- awareness through the exploration of values, beliefs, culture, and identity. 3. Understand gender and cultural influences on leadership. 4. Learn the basics of group roles, dynamics, and decision making in order to function constructively in group settings. 5. Understand the nature of coalitions, communities, and systems. 6. Appreciate the relationship between ethics and leadership. 7. Apply critical thinking to leadership theories and practices. 8. Build an awareness of leadership issues facing our communities and society. 9. Begin to develop a personal philosophy of leadership. 1
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Additional reading assignments will be available on ULearn and/or distributed in class. This is an entry-level course; therefore, no prerequisite courses are required. Class Attendance The absentee policy for the PERS2002 course is very firm. Attendance is based on the entire semester. Class attendance is essential and expected. Unexcused absences will be factored into final participation grades. In addition, unexcused absences will forfeit the opportunity to make up classroom participation points awarded in that particular class session. If you are having trouble in other classes, the midpoint for Spring 2011 is Friday, February 25, 2011, which is the last day to drop
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course PERS 2002 taught by Professor Roman during the Fall '07 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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