POLS-111: Foundations of Community Leadership

Liberal Arts
Political Science & Comm Ldrsh
Academic Level
Course Subject
Political Science
Course Number
Course Title
Foundations of Community Leadership
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
POLS-110 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Focuses on the history of community organizing, development, and change, including the history of Detroit and its cultural and racial diversity. Presents models of community organizing including social action, grass roots empowerment, leadership development, team building, and advocacy.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. History, Politics and Economics of Detroit
    • Describe the social history of Detroit since 1950.
    • Describe the politics of Detroit since 1950.
    • Describe the economics of Detroit since 1950.
    • Analyze causes and sources of inequity and inequality.
    • Describe the cultural demographics of metro Detroit.
    • Demonstrate cultural competence and awareness (race, gender, class, sexuality, ability)*
  2. History and Foundations of Community Organizing
    • Describe the history of community organizing.
    • Describe the theory of community organizing.*
    • Describe the practice of community organizing.*
  3. Introduction to Power and Power Mapping
    • Describe the various types of power.
    • Demonstrate techniques of power analysis.
    • Describe a power map for a specific area or issue.
    • Conduct a classroom demonstration of power mapping research.
  4. Communication Skills
    • Demonstrate active listening in meetings and in project development.
    • Implement effective public speaking.
    • Utilize effective verbal communication and public presentations during campaigns and events.
    • Describe diverse sub-cultural communication styles and methods.
  5. Events, Campaigns, and Projects
    • Outline the development of events and campaigns.
    • Describe the foundations of project development and management.
  6. Leadership and Team Building
    • Describe the various types of leadership.
    • Identify members' strengths and weaknesses in team building.
    • Describe roles within functional teams.
    • Identify group interests among constituents.
  7. Career Exploration
    • Describe the of stages of careers (associate, bachelor's, master's).
    • Develop a personal learning plan.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Neighborhood Observation, Assessment of Meetings, Analysis of Communication, Exams on Readings and Class Discussion

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Portfolio of past experience and coursework

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date