Organizational Leadership (ORGL)
ORGL 300. Reflections on Complex Problem Solving. 1 Unit.
Students will discern, schematize, and evaluate reasoning in its various guises. Students will learn to identify and distinguish theoretical and practical reasoning, and will develop abductive reasoning skills, which will enable them to address complex problems methodologically. Co-requisite: ORGL 398.
ORGL 301. Reflections on Community: Citizenship and Leadership. 1 Unit.
In this class, students engage past experiences and develop new skills of narrative and theoretical reflection. Students explore citizenship and leadership by placing personal experiences with citizenship and leadership in context and challenging pre-existing assumptions about communities through theoretical engagement. Upon completion, students will be able to critically reflect on, integrate, and apply learning and experience of citizenship and leadership. Prerequisites: ORGL 300, ORGL 398. Co-requisite: ORGL 399.
ORGL 319W. Health and Wellness. 1 Unit.
Being a leader is demanding and time consuming. With long days and a full schedule, busy people often do not give proper attention to their health and well-being, but this can lead to burnout and sickness that thwarts productivity and undermines potential. A leader must also think about the health and well-being of the organization. An unhealthy organization can undermine the organization's mission and cause widespread problems amongst the people in the organization. This class will examine the wellness issues in our society for both individuals and organizations and explore ways to improve and maintain mental and physical health.
ORGL 330J. Advancing Equity and Social Justice. 1 Unit.
Recognizing that the 21st century workforce is increasingly becoming more global and interdependent, affirming diversity and advancing social justice are essential to the health and sustainability of organizations. This course explores theoretical and experiential frameworks for understanding social oppression and liberation, beginning with the development of critical personal awareness through reflective inquiry. This course provides students with opportunities to build and deepen knowledge, skills, and the ability to lead for equity and social justice. As organizational leaders grappling with social justice issues, students will explore diverse identities, perspectives, and positionalities through dynamic readings, discussions, field experiences, and a variety of assignments including case studies and collaborative applied learning projects. Systems of advantage and disadvantage in the United States, specifically power dynamics and issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, language, religion, ability, age, and immigration status will be examined. While considering complex diversity issues and the impact of intersectionality across a variety of organizational contexts, students will inquire into building pathways of resisting oppressive mechanisms and developing strategies to create sustainable social change.
ORGL 360D. Leading Diversity in the Workplace. 1 Unit.
This course examines the impact of cultural competency (a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations - Cross, Bazron, Dennis and Isaacs (1989)) on the work experience and is designed to better prepare students to meet the challenge of creating diverse and inclusive organizations. Attention is given to how language, gender, race, tradition, education, economic structure, and organizational philosophy interact to create cultural norms (as set of rules for acceptable behaviors) and implicit assumptions (untested beliefs about members and other stakeholders) in complex organizations. Particular attention will be given to how students interact with diverse others -- both inside and outside organizational settings, hidden stereotypes of diverse others that are unconsciously brought into the workplace and recognizing how strategies, structures and rewards can gradually and radically improve diversity and inclusiveness at work.
ORGL 398. Research Foundations for Understanding. 1 Unit.
Because we live in a world in which multiple perspectcives compete for our attention and our value, this writing enhanced course concentrates on sythesizing those perspectives while maintaining an understanding for their differences. Co-requisite: ORGL 300.
ORGL 399. Research and Writing About Experience. 1 Unit.
In this writing enhanced course, students will advance their research and writing skills as they examine their own personal and professional experience within the context of academic and professional disciplines. Prerequisites: ORGL 300 and ORGL 398. Co-requisite: ORGL 301.
ORGL 497. Change Leadership in Today's Organizations. 1 Unit.
Today's organizational leaders are constantly challenged by a changing workplace. Changing workforce demographics, globalization, increased shareholder and customer expectation, and the impact of technology requires effective leaders to become proactive change agents. This course will introduce leadership strategies for addressing resistance to change, models for designing a change plan and tools for implementing an organizational change initiative.
ORGL 498. Current and Future Trends in Organizational Leadership. 1 Unit.
This course will explore some of the more prominent leadership theories, both past and present, analyze what makes a good leader, and discuss where the future of leadership studies might be headed. This class will not only provide a theoretical foundation of leadership but develop students' practical leadership skills as well.
ORGL 499. Capstone in Organizational Leadership. 1 Unit.
This capstone course provides students the opportunity to observe, critique, and practice knowledge gained in the study of organizational leadership. Students will demonstrate what they have learned throughout their organizational leadership program and apply it in real-world organizational problems. Students apply leadership skills in areas of decision making, determining strategic direction, managing organizational change, and ensuring ethical operations of organizations.