PPS270 – LEADING THE WAY; DURHAM
This course will facilitate the exercise of innovative and resourceful leadership to address important social and civic needs in Durham. We will engage issues of participation, citizenship, equity, justice and wellbeing in the context of the Durham community. In short, we will explore how democratic participation shapes local leadership through grassroots work. Small teams of students will collaborate with community-based organizations in Durham whose work centers on development of capital — natural, social, economic, political, or human. We will consider leadership as a shared endeavor in facilitating social change. With an understanding of various models of change and active ethical engagement with local organizations, students will identify a need and garner the necessary resources to develop a ‘context specific’ solution to address this need. Through active participation and mindful reflection, students will have the opportunity to shape and refine their personal models of civic engagement, social change, and leadership.
- Building natural capital – sustainability, preservation of natural resources, land use.
- Building social capital – housing, community renewal, community building.
- Building economic capital – employment opportunities, job training, business development, job creation.
- Building political capital – community organizing, political mobilization, voter registration.
- Building human capital – access to education, arts, health and wellbeing.