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Academic Courses
Academic Courses

EDUC 317: Dynamics of Effective Leadership: Leadership Through Self-Awareness (Fall & Spring Semesters)

Dynamics of Effective Leadership is one-credit, pass/fail seminar that will allow students to personally examine their own leadership style and build the skills to lead effectively. This course will specifically focus on building self-awareness through exercises based in various readings and video viewings, as well as through class discussions. Through readings and exercises, students explore theories of leadership and organizational behavior; study group processes such as effective communication and decision making; examine their own leadership styles, values, and strengths; build the skills and confidence they need to lead effectively. Students will openly and forthrightly discuss issues that affect, and which are affected by, leadership. The purpose of the course is to help students learn the basics of leadership theory and start to develop essential leadership skills by looking inward and building off their own initial strengths.

Students who are interested in the course should enroll for EDUC 317 through Connect Carolina or contact us at 


EDUC 309: An Examination of Quality and the Pursuit of Betterness (Spring Semester)

This seminar-style course seeks to facilitate trans-disciplinary dialogue about ethics, quality, and concept-based engagement with particular attention paid to achieving “betterness” and maximizing personal potential through greater self-awareness and knowledge of one’s impact on the world. Ideally, class discussions will serve to complicate the student’s thinking about these concepts and lead to greater awareness of self in various contexts. The student will be challenged to consider intentions regarding campus involvement, community engagement, and systemic processes.  The success of the course largely depends on the student’s willingness to engage with peers and with the material presented. The primary texts for the course are Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig) and The Shock Doctrine (Naomi Klein). Enrollees will be required to attend an overnight retreat at a date in January yet to be determined.

Students interested in the course should enroll through Connect Carolina for EDUC 309 or contact us at