POLS-111: Foundations of Community Leadership

This course is INACTIVE
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

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Events, Campaigns, and Projects
    • Outline the development of events and campaigns.
    • Describe the foundations of project development and management.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, Project Facilitation and Development


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
Deactivation Date
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date