PPS415.01 – ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP
This is the capstone course for students who will have completed internships or community-based research projects during the summer of 2016 that were sponsored by the Hart Leadership Program, or by other curricular or co-curricular programs at Duke University. Organized around a weekly dinner, the Adaptive Leadership seminar explores leadership as the art of mobilizing groups to face complex, systemic problems. Through case studies of social and political issues, we will investigate the demands of public problem-solving work.
Students will have the opportunity to reflect critically their summer work with partner organizations, and to integrate what they have been learning with concepts of leadership, politics, and public policy. Our focus will be case studies of adaptive problems that are systemically complicated, yet are shaped by compelling human narratives that draw us in, and show us what is at stake. The first eight weeks of the course will utilize documentary films, non-fiction narrative writing, and stories from the news for the case studies.
A central requirement of the course is the completion of a comprehensive research portfolio about a social or political issue of each student’s choice. Our work together will involve intensive group learning. The iterative process of building the portfolio will take place throughout the semester, and during the second part of the course students will present their research to the class.
This is a course about the leadership demands of important, seemingly intractable problems that are interdependent in nature. A key part of the learning process will involve students testing the adaptive analysis framework so that they can become proficient with it. Throughout the semester we will pay careful attention to both the challenges and the rewards of engaging in adaptive work. Participants will have ample opportunities to develop insights about their own adaptive leadership skills, and how they can enhance them. [Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI, W, R] PERMISSION REQUIRED