PPS260.01 – LEADERSHIP, POLICY, AND CHANGE
This is a course about leadership for public life. It is about the art of facilitating policy discussions that generate interest among your peers, and call for political engagement. Each year the course focuses on a policy topic in the news. This spring our topic is FOOD POLITICS, and we will explore a series of policy questions concerning the locavore/sustainable food movement in North Carolina and across the U.S.
Working in groups, you will learn to: #1) track news stories and then dive beneath the headlines in order to understand systemic complexities and contexts; #2) strategize about to how exercise leadership effectively by bringing your policy ideas to larger audiences for discussion and debate, and #3) reflect on what you learn during the process.
You will develop skills such as:
- Developing a rich understanding of topics by exploring multiple viewpoints
- Cutting through complexity without dumbing it down
- Understanding leadership challenges/opportunities
- Engaging your peers in conversations that generate new ideas
We will also investigate concepts of leadership and authority, democratic participation, group decision-making, and public deliberation. Your charge will be to design a forum in such a way that it engages a diverse group of people in a hard-nosed discussion that points toward practical policy options.
This course involves intensive group learning. We will start with an initial list of readings, but we will also be building the course together throughout the semester. Your active engagement in the assignments, discussions, projects and forum activities will provide valuable opportunities for you to discover your own potential for exercising leadership for public life.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI]