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Leadership and Political Change
/ PSCI 293
This course will examine the foundations of effective political leadership — both transformational and evolutionary. It will balance theory and practice, case studies and student exploration to better understand how political change and policy reform is enacted in a representative democracy. The course begins with a framework to evaluate leadership, transitions to examining the importance of vision in effecting political change, moves to an in-depth look at effective communicative strategies and mobilization techniques required to realize that change, and concludes with an assessment of the prospects for leadership in the current political landscape. We will cover presidential, congressional, and military leadership and include prominent guest speakers from the world of American politics.
Format: lecture; discussion
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
two 7- to 8-page analytic essays, one 12- to 15-page analytic essay, and class participation
LEAD concentrators and PSCI majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD American Domestic Leadership
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
PSCI American Politics Courses