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Leadership and Global Engagement

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

World leaders have the same styles, skills, and setbacks as leaders in any walk of life. However, the challenges they face are often much more visible, and the impact of their effectiveness more broadly felt. In this course students will explore complex international issues including security and terrorism, immigration, HIV/AIDs, human rights and sustainable development. From policy makers to activists to concerned citizens, from listening to planning to direct action, leadership skills are used everyday in addressing these intricate global affairs. Students will think critically and creatively about these topics, and the roles that different leaders and leadership styles play.

Through a highly experiential curriculum that includes case studies, simulations, role-plays, deliberations, panel discussions and group projects, students will learn about the roles of major actors in world affairs, including the United States and the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. Through readings, classroom activities, and consultations with experts, students will develop a working knowledge of major world issues; expert guests in the past have included the Governor of Rhode Island, federal senators and congressmen, state officials and scholars from Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies. As a capstone, students will use their knowledge, skills and creativity to prepare an Action plan to engage a complex global issue.

Most importantly, students will leave the course able to deliberate and discuss complex issues with people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and points of view.

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