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LDRS 1015:  Exploring Citizen Leadership (Foundations)

Fall semester, 3 credit hours

This introductory leadership course explores the language, theories, values, and competencies of leadership.  Participants will look at leadership challenges such as change, diversity, conflict, and self-awareness. Through examination of both historical and contemporary leaders and leadership philosophies, models, community members will be immersed in an experience that will help them to gain knowledge and develop skills of a socially responsible leader.

In this course, students also engage in goal setting, experience community through smaller peer group activities, and make connections with partners in the Blacksburg community in preparation for the praxis assignment in LDRS 1016. 

Required Texts:

  • OPTIONAL Wren, J. T. (1995). The leader’s companion: Insight on leadership through the ages. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Northouse, P. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition. Thousand Oaks:  SAGE Publications, Inc.

  • Additional readings will be available on the course Scholar site (https://scholar.vt.edu/portal).

LDRS 1016:  Exploring Citizen Leadership (Praxis)

Spring semester, 3 credit hours

“Praxis” is a Greek word that means action with reflection. Praxis is a process: doing – reflecting – deciding– changing – new doing.  During the Spring semester, you will work with the community partner you chose in the fall and connected to one of four broad social change praxis areas and spend time connecting what you’ve learned in a more realistic setting. By acknowledging the presence of foundational leadership concepts in a more real-world, unrestrained manner, the course seeks to engender a more sophisticated understanding of these paradigms.  Half of your weekly class-time will be spent in class where the rest will be spent in the field with your chosen community partner.  Deep reflection will link the praxis on site to the student’s personal philosophy of leadership, followership and active citizenship.

Required Texts:

  • OPTIONAL Wren, J. T. (1995). The leader’s companion: Insight on leadership through the ages. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Northouse, P. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition. Thousand Oaks:  SAGE Publications, Inc.

  • Additional readings will be available on the course Scholar site (https://scholar.vt.edu/portal).

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