PPS 145 – LEADERSHIP, POLICY AND CHANGE
This seminar will focus on the policy questions, arguments, and options we formulate together after reading three new, provocative books:
- The Great Disruption, about the global climate crisis and what the author calls “the end of Economic Growth Version 1.0”—a world economy where it will no longer be an option to live beyond the means of our resources;
- The Big Thirst, about understanding and managing our most precious resource—water; and
- Hot, about global warming and our options for skillfully confronting the new era that is already upon us.
We will begin our work by exploring concepts of leadership and authority. We will investigate how leadership and authority are related but contrasting functions that work in creative tension with each other and can manifest in both healthy and unhealthy ways in organizations, institutions and social systems. By reading case studies and news stories, and also by observing our own group dynamics, we will take note of the ways that one can exercise leadership and authority skillfully to help groups face difficult challenges.
Throughout the semester we will also immerse ourselves in readings about democratic participation, group decision-making, and public deliberation. Small group projects will include researching both the counter arguments and the supporting arguments that issue from our core texts—The Great Disruption, The Big Thirst, and Hot. Each group will be asked to find simple, effective ways to “go public” with their work—to bring the group’s analysis and questions to wider audiences for discussion and debate.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI]