Mondays from 6:00–8:50 P.M.
Through this class, students are introduced to leadership concepts and develop an increased awareness of individual interests and abilities. This class will rely heavily on student involvement and is designed to encourage challenging and stimulating interaction. The primary belief upon which this class and the entire Leadership MSU program is based is that leaders are not born; they are made. The skills and knowledge that contribute to effective leadership are teachable and learnable, and thus provide the premise for this course.
The course will focus on creating “hands-on” experiences, wherein students can develop an understanding of how to be a more effective, self-aware, and knowledgeable student leader. The course requires active participation and fulfillment of class requirements. The following represents major objectives of class activity:
Leadership characteristics, styles, & theories
The Leadership Challenge & Leadership Code
Social Change Model of Leadership Development
StrengthsQuest & Self-exploration
Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Organization Theory & Group Dynamics
Conflict Resolution & Communication
Ethical Decision Making
Leadership in Film
Diversity & Leadership Across Cultures
Servant Leadership & Service Learning
The basis for your final grade will be the average of your class projects, papers, presentations, exams, participation, and homework. In other words, everything you do in and for class counts towards the final grade. Grades are based on 100 points and will be as follows: 90-105 (A), 80-89 (B), 70-79 (C), 60-69 (D), and 59 and below (F). There are 105 total points possible in the course. No extra credit will be offered.
Midterm Exam = ___
Journals = 10
Service Learning Project = ___
Theory/Model Review = 10
Ethical Case Study = 10
Team Presentation = ___
Leadership Action Plan = 10
Final Exam = ___
Book Report/Improv. Plan = 10
Leadership Biography = 5
Homework = 5
Participation = ___
Unless otherwise instructed, all written work should be submitted in typed, double-spaced format using a serif or san-serif font (Arial/Times), size 12 or 14 point. Duplex printing (front/back) is preferred to save paper. Students must include their name on all assignment submissions.
All assigned work will be due on dates specified. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made with the instructor.
Attendance is part of your grade. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class. Students are allowed 2 unexcused absences. After 2, each absence will lower the final course grade by a half letter. Tardiness is considered arriving to class after it has started. Three tardies equates to one absence. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course. See the 2011-12 MSU Student Handbook, page 43, for CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY.
The use of cell phones (calls, texts, etc) is not permitted during class time, with the exception of during breaks.