Introductory Global Leadership Seminar
(offered as HHD 397, 2 credits)
The inagural/pilot Global Leadership Initiative was launched with a leadership seminar in the fall semester of 2010. To date, two cohorts of GLI students have helped shape the content of the course. Currently, the course description and objectives are:
The purpose of the seminar is to introduce students to issues, challenges, and opportunities of global importance in health and human development. By participating in this seminar, students will be able to make informed decisions related to their specific academic preparation while in HHD and, ultimately, about their careers as future leaders with a global perspective. The seminar is designed in such a way as to have guest speakers with a broad range of international experience in areas pertinent to health and human development engage students in discussion of challenges and opportunities in their particular areas of expertise. Speakers also will discuss their own personal career paths and important career decisions they have made. In addition, they will be encouraged to offer personal advice to students regarding the best ways to prepare for global leadership in their fields, including courses of study, international experiences such as workshops and internships, research projects, and jobs. As appropriate, students also will be guided in establishing communication with an on-site international mentor who will assist in making local arrangements and who will supervise the students’ on-site activities.
This course is designed to cover concepts, theories, and practical issues related to understanding leadership and becoming a leader in a global context in areas that relate to human health and well-being.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand global issues related to health and human development and well being from an interdisciplinary perspective; understand how to apply one’s disciplinary expertise.
- Understand and apply leadership principles in practice, including an appreciative inquiry perspective.
- Understand and apply principles of reflective practice in order to become a better leader.
- Understand ethical issues related to working in international environments.
- Understand the concept of indigenous knowledge and describe ways to incorporate indigenous knowledge into leadership experiences.
- Develop skills and in intercultural competence and apply them in daily life.
- Articulate a personal goal(s) for an international experience vis-à-vis the Global Leadership Initiative.
The guiding model for the GLI is:
Students will be required to develop a Weebly website to document their GLI experiences, including the Global Voices Project. Instructions on the Weebly website will be provided in class.