Course of Study for the Transformative Leadership Program
Selected Course Descriptions
TLD 6125: Introduction to Leadership: Models, Maps, and Metaphors (3 units)
Introduction to Transformative Leadership provides an introduction to the larger body of knowledge and research in the area of transformative leadership. A key aspect of this course involves uncovering, exploring, and challenging students' implicit assumptions about leadership and change in the context of the literature, and beginning the ongoing process of articulating their own vision of how they may best act as leaders in today's global context.
TLD 6130: Ways of Relating: Interpersonal Collaboration Skills and Group Dynamics (3 units)
This course addresses the fundamental nature of how human beings relate to each other, and how this affects the discourse and practice of leadership and systems change. Is the quest for domination inescapable? Are there other ways of conceptualizing human relations? If so, how do they manifest in practice? Students will explore the implications and applications of a plurality of ways of relating. The course focuses on the development of basic skills in group dynamics and team leadership, interpersonal communication, and self-understanding in a team context.
TLD 6325: The Leadership Experience: Understanding the Will to Lead (3 units)
This course explores the leadership experience through film, biography, and case study. It examines the leadership experiences of individuals who have demonstrated a will to lead. A focus of the course will be to consider common experiences shared by those who choose to lead.
TLD 6145: Leadership, Pluralism, and Creativity: Diversity in Action (3 units)
The purpose of this course is to understand and experience the ways in which diversity can be a source of creativity and strength; to explore the challenges and opportunities confronted by leaders working toward creating productive, vibrant organizational environments that embrace differences; to learn how to move with increasing ease across and among diverse cultures in our work as leaders and in our daily lives in a multicultural, global society; to understand the theoretical and practical constructs that are helpful in this journey; and to deepen understanding of the impact of our own race, culture, gender, differing abilities, social class, and "sexual affectional" preference on leadership practices.
TLD 6300: Ways of Knowing: Systems and Metaphors (3 units)
This course addresses the ways in which leaders and change agents know and make sense of the world. The course explores the foundations of systems and complexity theories and their applications. The way metaphors can create different understandings of phenomena will be illustrated through the exploration of metaphors of organization.
TLD 6349 Creating Communities and Coalitions (3 units)
Leaders must be able to inspire, influence, and communicate effectively with others to make their vision a reality. This course addresses the role of communities, coalitions, and tribes in creating change. Topics covered will include the use of language, creating a vision, inspiration, influence, and creativity, communicating effectively, bringing people together, and setting an agenda for change.
TLD 6635: Transformative Leadership: Leading Ourselves Among Others (3 units)
TThis course serves as the first capstone project in the program. It provides students the opportunity to articulate their leadership philosophy, gives them feedback on their actual practice of leadership through a 360 feedback process, teaches them the skills to give (and receive) a 360 feedback, and teaches them how to develop their own vision of their role as leaders.
TLD 7562: The Power of Partnership (3 units)
In this course, students are invited to explore the foundational concepts of Riane Eisler's cultural transformation theory and the partnership/domination template in both theory and practice.
Together as a learning community, we will engage in a deep exploration of the significance of these models and the systems informed by them, as well as their practical application to our daily life and work. We will address such questions as: How might we shift to a new framing of how we think about human societies and our collective beliefs, behaviors, and policies?
How would our worldview be different if we were to change the lens through which we view ourselves and those with whom we inhabit our world? What invisible configurations might become visible? How might these concepts be put into action for positive social change? How can you become an effective partnership leader?
TLD 7999: Capstone: Action Project (3 units)
This course involves putting into action what the students have learned during their two years in the program, integrating theory, reflection, and experience.
Students complete work begun in Integrative Seminar courses through the design, implementation, and assessment of a Capstone Project. Capstone: Action Project is the second and culminating capstone course in the MA in Transformative Leadership.
The following sentence is from the program description: "This program has been created for individuals who want to take the initiative and find ways to express their passion for making a contribution to the world." This course allows students to take that initiative and to find ways to express their passions.