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Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

CCL Courses

LEAD 102-INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC LEADERSHIP
Dr. Marcia Walker McWilliams
Spring 2018
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
LEAD 102 will increase students' understanding of civic leadership in theory and practice. Simulations and case studies will examine how public leaders effect societal change while projects on campus and in the community will provide the opportunity to work in small groups to analyze and address leadership challenges and present findings to stakeholders.
 
LEAD 150-LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT
Repeatable for Credit
Michelle Passo
Fall 2017
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

The overall objectives of this course are to understand personal motivations and to develop effective practices that contribute to leadership in a professional context. 

 
LEAD 250-LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Dr. Michael Domeracki 
Fall 2018
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 321-LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION
Dr. David Messmer
Summer 2018, Fall 2018
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
Fall 2017, Fall 2018
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
Spring 2018
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
Spring 2018
Credits: 3
Grade modeStandard 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.
LEAD 545-STRATEGIC THINKING FOR COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING
Dr. Arnaud Chevallier
Spring 2018
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course shows how to solve complex, ill-defined, non-immediate problems. It explains how to combine innovative and critical thinking to: -1- frame the problem, -2- diagnose the problem, -3- identify potential solutions, and -4- choose a solution and implement it. The approach is based on cases, each student will work on a project of their choosing. The course is equally applicable to academic and non-academic projects (such as consulting) in an industry; as such, it is open to students from all schools and departments. It is a part of a larger professional development initiative at Rice to equip students with skills that employers are specifically asking for. Cross-list: ENGI 545.
UNIV 201-CENTURY SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Dr. Michael Domeracki
Offered every Fall and Spring semester
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
 
UNIV 215/216-ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK LEADERSHIP COURSE
Morgan Kinney
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
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 301-UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Dr. Caroline Quenemoen
Offered every Fall and Spring semester
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 0
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
This zero credit course enables students to have supervised research experience on and off campus recorded on their transcript. Students must register the name and contact of their PI in the UNIV 301 OWL-Space site by the end of the second week of classes or drop the class.
 
UNIV 305-INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
Fatima Raza
Spring 2018
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
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
Fall 2018
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 Brown
Fall 2017
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 Brown
Spring 2018
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.