LEAD 250
Political Leadership Spring 2016 Division II; Cross-listed as LEAD250 / PSCI205
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This course will examine the leadership strategies of American political leaders with an emphasis on the importance of communication strategies for public sector leaders. We will study these issues by examining local, state and federal political leaders and by answering key questions specific to the political realm. We will read and watch significant speeches of American political leaders, be visited by guests with deep knowledge and insight into the world of politics and read a variety of writings by academics and practitioners on the subject. We will explore questions such as “What characteristics mark successful communication and how do leaders craft a unique and effective communications style?” and “What strategic considerations are there for female political leaders and do they have different challenges in communicating?” The first series of classes will focus on communication taking a look at some of America’s best political orators, the special requirements of crisis communication and the changes that new media has brought to the practice of politics and government. We will then explore the tenets of political strategy–both in campaigns and governing. This segment of the course will take a look at the tools used in crafting a strategy and how to put together a winning coalition. The final classes in the course will explore the unique challenges and opportunities facing select sub-groups of political leaders: women, celebrity candidates and officeholders and high-achieving young political leaders–operatives and elected officials.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3530
Requirements/Evaluation: three short papers and a final research paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Leadership Studies concentrators and Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: LEAD American Domestic Leadership; LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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