2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Leading in Turbulent Times

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Emily Lardner composition, education, literature, Kathy Kelly systems theory variety of disciplines

Fields of Study: business and management, leadership studies and writing

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10240 (8) Jr - Sr; 10241 (12) Jr - Sr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20167 (12) Jr - Sr; 20168 (8) Jr - Sr  Conditions Students must read core material from fall quarter.  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30176 (8) Jr - Sr; 30177 (12) Jr - Sr  

Credits: 8, 12(F); 8, 12(W); 8, 12(S)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Weekend


“Another world is possible”—but how? What does it take to actually make change? The purpose of this three-quarter program is to help people develop the capacities in themselves, in groups, and in organizations which lead towards healthier, more equitable, and sustainable communities. We will explore important ideas about leadership, group dynamics, change theory and systems theory, applying ideas to specific cases and building new insights together. In addition to a series of projects that help develop analytical abilities and clear communication skills, students will be creating electronic portfolios based on Evergreen’s Expectations.

Fall quarter will introduce students to systems theory as they explore systems across an array of disciplines. Looking more deeply into human systems, students will focus on group dynamics, the role of group process, and the nature of leadership. We will examine socio-historical precedents for leading in turbulent times and explore questions about the practice of responsible leadership across settings and contexts. Students will apply systems theory to practice as they experience their own group dynamics and paradoxes of group life and develop skills in collaboration, communication, and leadership.

Winter quarter will expand on students’ understanding of systems dynamics, and introduce change theory as they focus on the organizational level of human systems. Students will examine leverage points for making change in systems through the introduction of the field of organizational development. Leadership studies continue as students explore different models of leadership within organizations, and by observing systems dynamics of an organization that they know from direct experience.

In spring, students will further integrate systems thinking and change theory as the level of system in focus this quarter is the community or wider world. By examining case studies, students will identify challenges presented during turbulent times, historic and current, and research responses by leaders to learn what is effective in advancing constructive change. Through practical experience, they will explore and develop their own leadership and cooperative abilities. Demonstrating their understanding of systems, change, and leadership, students will develop extensive capstone projects for the year.

Each quarter will include focused work on writing.

Modules for additional 4 credits (must be done sequentially but students can start the series in any quarter):

Module 1: The student will develop a general framework for doing program reviews and then adapt that to an organization, first garnering observational data and data put forward by the organization including the organization’s history, product or service, customers, context, role in their industry, finances, structure, and core competencies. The student will research the organization’s leaders to ascertain the leaders’ stated values and aims for the organization, and the challenges the organization and leaders face. Learning will be demonstrated through a series of analytical memos outlining the framework and the initial findings. The student will also develop human subjects review forms for subsequent research.

Module 2: To deepen his or her research on the subject organization, the student will acquire information through interview or survey methods, observing unobtrusive data, or other methods of discovery of the organization’s less visible or hidden aspects. The student will analyze values-stated in contrast with values-in-use to understand the system dynamics at play. Learning will be demonstrated through a series of analytical memos and annotated instruments for gathering data.

Module 3: Applying systems thinking and change theory in constructing organizational development strategies, the student will identify system leverage points and imagine possible interventions, anticipating the system’s response and identifying possible unintended consequences. Learning will be demonstrated through a series of analytical memos and the preparation of final report that could be offered to the organization.

Maximum Enrollment: 40

Advertised Schedule: 9a-5p Sat/Sun (fall: Oct. 2 at TESC, Oct. 3, 16-17, 30-31, Nov. 20-21, Dec. 4; winter: Jan. 8 at TESC, Jan. 22-23, Feb. 5-6, 26-27, Mar. 12-13; spring: Apr. 2 at TESC, Apr. 16-17, Apr. 30-May 1, May 21-22, Jun. 4-5) The first class of each quarter meets on Evergreen's Olympia campus. All other classes will meet at Grays Harbor College room 2250.

Required Fees: $35 per quarter optional computer access fee

Preparatory for studies or careers in: public service, business, and management.

Campus Location: Grays Harbor

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 23rd, 2011 Spring schedule change: Class meets April 16-17 rather than April 9-10.
January 14th, 2011 Classroom changed from 2416 to 2250