Course Memo

Prerequisite: None. (Offered every fall semester). Leadership is a word that, while often used, is quite difficult to parse out. What constitutes effective leadership? This introductory course will address this question through a focus on the philosophies and ethics that constitute effective leadership in our contemporary society. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the importance of diversity and digital media as core components of ethical leadership in modern society. Such issues are of paramount importance to students as they navigate life at Eureka, in their everyday interactions and, in particular, as they prepare for careers beyond college. To illustrate such issues, this course will robustly explore questions of identity, intersectionality, and power, with a particular focus on race, gender, sexuality, class, dis/ability, and age. Specifically, the course will consider the ways that identity and culture shape leadership; specifically, we will consider the past four American generations: the Baby Boomers, Generation X, the Millennials, and Generation Z as case studies for considering questions of leadership and diversity, equity, and inclusion. This course will also draw regularly upon popular culture as case studies for examining leaders’ successes and failures. Students will be assessed through a combination of exams, writing, and in-class participation. Intercultural Understanding Capability course.