Visionaries, Pragmatists, and Demagogues: An Introduction to Leadership Studies
Cross-listed as PSCI125 / LEAD125
This course introduces students to the major issues in the study of leadership, a central concept in the study of politics. Looking at leaders from ancient Greece to the contemporary United States, we will explore the big questions of leadership studies: What makes a leader successful? Where does legitimacy come from? What (if anything) distinguished a leader from a demagogue? Do good leaders make good followers, or vice versa? What is the relationship between leadership and morality–can the ends justify the means? Why do good leaders sometimes lead badly? How can disempowered people exercise effective leadership? What functions does leadership fill, and what challenges do leaders face, in modern democratic states?
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, 5-page research proposal, 10-page research paper, in-class midterm exam, and cumulative final exam
Enrollment Preference: first-year students and sophomores
Department Notes: subfield open in Political Science major
Distributions: Division II;