Master's in Civic Leadership Course Descriptions

Cohort 4 with Mayor Dean

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 5013  Leading in Multicultural and Global Contexts - Leadership for civic change requires cross-cultural understanding and engagement at the local, regional, national, and global levels. This course explores how culture and diversity influence individual leadership effectiveness and the ethical ramifications of leading in multicultural and global contexts. Research, case studies, and experiential exercises help students understand their own cultural biases to increase leadership effectiveness, cross boundaries for community change, and foster the value of community change solutions from other cultures. Research and case studies include the role of faith-based organizations in civic leadership. Includes building and leading cross-cultural teams from neighborhoods to the global arena to create sustainable change. 

CL 5023  Developing as a Leader - Assessing and Building Leadership Skills - This course focuses on the basic principles of personal leadership, which are a prerequisite to leading others. Students in this course will focus on their individual personal development by assessing and identifying their strengths and weaknesses as leaders.  Emphasis will be placed on personal vision, goals, spiritual assessment and reflection.

CL 5033  Models for Community Change - The Nashville Model and Beyond - 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 5043 Leadership Theories - Current and Historical Perspectives - This course presumes it is important to be familiar with the seminal readings on leadership and is grounded in the mental models and the underlying assumptions about leadership from current and historical perspectives. The course is specifically designed to provide a fundamental familiarity with the leadership literature historically, using those texts widely considered timeless and essential. A key goal of this course will be a clearer understanding of the characteristics and challenges of leadership across time and cultures. Throughout the course, we will explore four basic questions: What art the essential characteristics of human nature and the good society? What should the relationship between a leader and his/her society be? How should leaders bring about needed change? What distinguishes writing about leadership from writing as 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  Leading with Communication and Technology in a Networked World - This course examines and develops the communication and technology competencies required to motivate followers and inspire positive change, based on an understanding of seminal and current theories of persuasion and communication. The course examines the responsibility of leaders in a digital society (digital citizenship) with  a focus on communication for leading and managing community change for the common good, including advocacy and in crisis. It includes creation and communication of vision and strategy, audience analysis and message development, the role of media in community leadership, the use of new and traditional media; and understanding and using public opinion research in communication for community change.  Reading, case studies and speakers on understanding and using the power of technology in community building and application of new and emerging technology including social media at the local, national and global level.

CL 5143 Research Methods for Community Change - Communities are continually changing. To teach students how to manage the change, this course is designed to introduce students to research methods and statistical analysis used in community research. Students will learn how to formulate research questions, explore appropriate statistical techniques, consider assumptions necessary to conduct the proposed research, analyze and interpret results and summarize the findings.

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  Action in Community - Building 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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