Spring 2020  |  PA 5103 Section 001: Leadership and Change (57633)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Extended Regular Session
01/13/2020 - 01/16/2020
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 09:00AM - 03:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (16 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Models of change/leadership. How leaders can promote personal, organizational, and societal change. Case studies, action research. Framework for leadership and change.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Change in our society is no longer optional. It's necessary. Our failing and out of touch institutions and systems are doing more harm them good. However, systems in and of themselves are not inherently "bad". How do we reframe our approach to systems change so that we can harness what works and jettison what doesn't?

What is the leader's role in change? Change is often built into definitions of leadership, and certainly many scholars and practitioners have written about how leaders can foster change in their organizations or communities. Putting these concepts into practice takes a close examination of one's own role and belief that change can actually happen.

In this course, we will use a living systems approach to diagnose the breakdown in design that is producing failing institutions and systems. We will explore lessons from nature that inform the way systems and institutions are organized, students will explore their own personal journey that has shaped their leadership and leadership development, and define for themselves what leadership looks like in the face of change
Learning Objectives:
See learning goals in the syllabus.
  1. Systems Diagnosis and Mapping - 25 points
  2. System Intervention and Plan Outline - 50 points
  3. Overcoming Obstacles Strategies - 15 points
  4. Reflection Paper - 10 points

Exam Format:
There is no exam in this course.
Class Format:
The class format is a mixture of lecture, interactive discussion, and reflective writing time.
This is a reading intensive course.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jacob818_PA5103_Spring2021.docx (Spring 2021)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jacob818_PA5103_Spring2019.docx (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/jacob818_PA5103_Fall2017.docx (Fall 2017)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 November 2018

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