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Leadership/The Politics of Community Change: Soc Move/Non-profit/Comm Dev. (PSCI 1190)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces key concepts and skills for work in non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on organizations engaged in community change work. You will explore theories of social movements and social change, asset-based community development; the history, role and mechanics of non-profit organizations in politics and communities; approaches to leadership in organizations and movements; and diversity and inclusion in social change work. Must be taken A-F.

Topical Outline:
1. Social movements and social change (history, theory, approaches, processes)
2. Non-profit organizations (Role in politics locally and nationally; relevant laws and policies)
3. Asset-based community development (elements, definitions, community applications)
4. Leadership (theories, leadership styles, group dynamics within organizations)
5. Critical race theory and its practical application to community development and non-profit organizations

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss history, theory, and processes of social movements and social change
2. Identify and evaluate key laws and policies related to non-profit organizations (national and local)
3. Assess the needs and assets of communities and organizations
4. Identify and compare leadership theories and styles in movements and organizations
5. Identify one's own leadership style
6. Apply critical race theory to social change work in general and to one's own work as an agent of social change

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility