Courses

The CCL offers courses under LEAD and UNIV designations. The Center also keeps track of civic research and design courses that integrate experiential learning components.

LEAD 102 - INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC LEADERSHIP
Dr. Jessica Khalaf
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
LEAD 102 provides students with a broad and practical understanding of civic leadership. Understanding civic engagement and civic leadership within the spaces around us necessitates a better understanding of self. As such, this course will prepare students to understand their role and leadership skills, the goal of relationship building with community partners, and the purpose of social change within the civic context. Students will meet with decision makers in Houston in the for-profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Critical reflection will be at the core of all assignments, activities, and discussions.  

LEAD 250 - LEADERSHIP AND CIVIC PROFESSIONALISM
Dr. Jessica Khalaf
Credits: 2
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course enriches students for the Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience by strengthening capacities for self-awareness and reflection, recognizing how beliefs, values, skills, and interests that motivate one to take action relate to the capacity to exercise effective leadership; strengthening capacities for establishing and fostering meaningful relationships with mentors, co-workers, and cohort peers; increasing the understanding of the interconnectedness of leadership and civic engagement in a professional context; and developing professional behaviors and attitudes that enable students to add value to organizations. Instructor permission required.

LEAD 260/POLI 260 - ADVOCATING FOR IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Dr. Libby Vann and Dr. Melissa Marschall
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Credits: 3 
Advocating for change is an experiential learning course that teaches students how to engage in issue advocacy as a method of social change. Students work in teams with faculty mentors to develop and implement an advocacy plan for a particular cause or policy of interest.

LEAD 321 - LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Powerful communication skills are essential for effective leadership, and LEAD 321 equips students to articulate ideas with poise, confidence, and clarity. Students develop written, oral, interpersonal, and team skills while developing an understanding of leadership communication in different contexts, including specific fields of study. The Leadership Communication class gives students the opportunity to practice the types of communication that will be required of them in the workplace and that will be crucial for their success.
 
LEAD 330 - LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Dr. Kevin Kirby
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course uses a case study approach to understanding leadership issues in higher education and focuses on strategic choice, governance, organizational change, culture and values, leader transitions, and crisis.
 
LEAD 335 - CRISIS LEADERSHIP
Dr. Kevin Kirby
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Change is at the heart of leadership and the most challenging leadership experiences often occur during times of crisis when change is unfolding at a breathtaking pace. Leadership strategies employed during crises can be quite different than times of routine change. In this course we'll explore courses of action, both taken and not taken, by leaders facing extraordinary decisions during major public crises such as the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Swine Flu in 1976, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
  
LEAD 340 - Philanthropy in Theory and Action
Dr. Vida Avery
Credits: 3
Grade mode: Standard Letter
 Study of the history, philosophy, and practice of philanthropy in addressing public need with an introduction to ethics and importance of financial giving and community investment. Students will spend substantial time working with local nonprofits in order to select a recipient for a grant awarded by the class.

UNIV 215/216 - ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK LEADERSHIP COURSE
Morgan Kinney
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 2
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
UNIV 215 is required of all Alternative Spring Break student site leaders. This course consists of weekly 1.5 hour meetings that will include lectures, discussions, group activities, work sessions, and panel presentations.
Instructor permission required
 
UNIV 305 - NTERNATIONAL SERVICE
Fatima Raza
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 2
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course meets every other week. Objectives are to (1) examine the history of international service and service ethics, (2) develop broad knowledge of history, culture, and politics related to the country of service, and to (3) engage students in conversations about global society and international service work.
Instructor permission required
  
SYNTHESIZING YOUR SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Fatima Raza
Credits: This is a noncredit course
Students will: reflect on the host country's culture, the social issues being addressed, and personal learning and growth; articulate the experience in relation to students' academic, career, and personal goals; and, create a portfolio to showcase their service achievements. Recommended Prerequisites: UNIV 305 and UNIV 306.
Instructor permission required
 
UNIV 402 - CIVIC LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE I
Dr. Danika Burgess Brown and Morgan Kinney
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
UNIV 402 is a requirement for the Certificate in Civic Leadership. The course prepares students to develop and implement high-level, independent, community-based projects, and enhances students' capacity to lead in diverse community settings. Students are required to develop a project proposal in collaboration with a community partner and faculty advisor.
Instructor permission required.
 
UNIV 403 - CIVIC LEADERSHIP CAPSTONE II
Dr. Danika Burgess Brown and Morgan Kinney
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
UNIV 403 is a requirement for the Certificate in Civic Leadership. This course requires students to implement and complete their capstone project, present their findings at a conference or symposium, and submit a final reflection paper. Students who enroll in 403 and do not graduate may be permitted to implement their project during the summer.
Instructor permission required.