2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Politics, Leadership, & the Policies They Create


Summer 2013 quarter

Amy Gould political science, public policy
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Public Administration, Public Management, Public Service Thematic Planning Groups: Master of Public Administration; Society, Politics, Behavior, and Change Fields of Study: government, law and government policy, law and public policy, leadership studies, political science  

Harold Lasswell stated, "politics is about who gets what, when, where, and how." Therefore, we need leaders who can assess the underpinnings of politics and the consequences of political ideologies. Students will be actively engaged in politics by first understanding where politics come from and the myriad of ideologies in practice. Further, students will focus on how they can hone their own leadership style. We will explore how engagement in politics can test our character regularly. To this end, Bill George stated, "successful leadership takes conscious development and requires being true to your life story." As members of a learning community and society, we will endeavor to excavate the nature of leadership and the relational space of politics via classic and contemporary readings, seminar, debate, lecture, and workshops. We will seek to understand the dynamics of politics by applying leadership techniques for decision-making through policy analysis and testimony. We will also pursue an understanding of philosophical foundations of Western political thought, the history of the U.S. Constitution and constitutions of regional Tribal Nations, and concepts of political "otherness" that come about in designing public policies. In this pursuit we will define multiple political ideologies and assess the nexus of leadership and politics. In sum, we will dig in to what many talk about but few really understand: politics, leadership, and the policies they create. Students will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills of active listening, analytical thinking, scholarly dialog, effective communication, and writing for public administrators.

Advertised Schedule
July 30, Aug 3-4, 13 & 17-18, 6-10p Tues, 9a-5p Sat/Sun
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 17th, 2013 Cancelled due to low enrollment.