Master's in Civic Leadership Course Descriptions

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CL 5003  Leading Community Change - This course explores theories of leadership and change management; develops concrete skills in effecting community change through leadership intervention both proactively and in reaction to crisis. Study and application of leadership and change models, including Nelson Andrews’ engage, discover, create and transform model. Develops skills to assess community needs and build leadership plans for raising consciousness or building support around an issue or need, creating a program to address the need and mobilizing multiple stakeholders to implement the program for change for the common good.

CL 5023  Developing as a Leader - Assessing and Building Leadership Skills - This course provides multiple perspectives on core elements of leadership development. Focuses on the leader’s authenticity, emotional intelligence, self-management and self-leadership. 

CL 5013  The Ethical Leader in Multicultural Society - This course explores two constants in leadership theory and development:

  1. Ethical behavior and the integrity of the leader affect the trust necessary for successful leadership. 
  2. Boundary-spanning leadership for civic change requires cross-cultural understanding and engagement. Explores how integrity, culture and diversity influence leadership effectiveness. Research, case studies and experiential exercises help participants understand their own cultural biases to increase their leadership effectiveness and cross boundaries for community change. Research and case studies include the role of faith in individual leadership and of faith-based organizations in civic leadership. Includes module on building and leading cross-cultural teams to create sustainable change.

CL 5033  The Nashville Model – Tier One Capstone - Individual and Group Capstones for Tier One based on placement with a Nashville civic leader instrumental in a key community initiative either past or present. This individual project will produce an oral history and lessons learned analysis; the group project will produce a case study of successful or failed civic leadership.

CL 5103  Crossing the Bridge – Cross-Sector Collaboration for the Common Good - This course uses readings and case studies to foster understanding of the role and perspective of business, non-profit and government in creating civic leadership and fostering community well-being. Study includes the issues and challenges generated by the integration of public, private and nonprofit roles, responsibilities and practices in pursuit of the common good. Examines the theories and the reality of multi-sector (private, public and nonprofit) collaboration. The course will also focus on developing skills critical to successful collaborative efforts and will include a class project to foster collaboration across sectors on a community challenge. Includes a module on conflict resolution among community players.

CL 5113  Civic Discourse in the 21st Century – Leadership and Communication - This course examines and develops the communication competencies required to motivate followers and inspire positive change. Also examines responsibility of leaders in a digital society (digital citizenship). A focus on communication for leading and managing community change for the common good. Includes communication of vision and strategy, the role of media in community leadership, the use of new and traditional media in civic leadership and understanding and using public opinion research for community change and crisis communication. 

CL 5123  Leadership 2.0 – The Context and Use of Technology - Reading, case studies and speakers on understanding and using the power of technology in community building; examines the role of leaders in defining digital citizenship across community; includes application of new and emerging technology including social media at the local, national and global level websites and contributions to

CL 5133  Cross-Cultural Leadership and Technology – Tier Two Capstone - An individual and group capstone project specifically designed to force national and global collaboration on a civic challenge facing communities across the world, with a focus on the use of technology to reach common ground and common good.

CL 5203  Master’s Project in Civic Leadership - The Master’s project is the culmination of the student’s academic program and is based on work the student has undertaken throughout coursework (on a single community challenge).

CL 5213  Civic Leadership Externship/Building Community Capacity for Sustainable Change - This externship consists of the execution of a vision, mission and strategy for civic leadership to mobilize community change. It may be taken at any time in the final half of the student’s program, but it must be completed before CL 5203.


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