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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

 

Core Course Number Core Course Title Number of Credits
LEAD 620 Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders 3
LEAD 540 Leadership and Empowerment 3
LDEV 544 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 3
LEAD 576 Applied Research & Evaluation 3
LEAD 536 Practical Financial Management 3
LEAD 541 Human Resource and Performance Management 3
BUSA 603 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations 3
LEAD 610 Strategic Thinking and Change Management 3
Core Course Credits 24
Concentration Tracks
Public Policy/Public Administration BUSA655 - Public Policy and
LDEV610 - Advocacy and Human Rights
6
Social Entrepreneurship BUSA 545 - Social Entrepreneurship
LDEV 660 - Marketing, Communication & Social Media
6
Thesis Thesis 1 (Prerequisite LEAD576) and
Thesis 2 (Prerequisite Thesis 1)
6
Applied Research Project Project 1 (Prerequisite LEAD576) and
Project 2 (Prerequisite Project 1)
6
Africa Program EDEV520 Cross-cultural Skills and Understanding and
LDEV610 - Advocacy and Human Rights
6
Concentration Track Credits 6
TOTAL 30 credits

LDEV 620: Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders
This course is an interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional study of and experience in classical Christian spiritual disciplines as they enhance and encourage the process of growth into the like of Jesus Christ, both personally and communally. The object is to facilitate increasing spiritual depth and wholeness in the student's ongoing exploration, experience and engagement with God, self, others and the world. Expanding self-awareness and spiritual growth will be fostered in a variety of ways: reading, study, dialogue, prayer, practice of classic spiritual disciplines, journaling, reflection, academic writing, integration, discernment and application in practical living. A significant outcome for the course will be the establishment of regular, life-giving spiritual practices in the student's live, which will form a solid foundation for his/her spiritual journey beyond this program and into the future.

LEAD 540: Leadership and Empowerment
The Leadership and Empowerment course is designed to be a reflective course on the student as a leader within their organizations, community or team. Students will examine their definitions of leadership, practice of leadership, leadership style in light of Christian Scripture and historical leadership theories. Rather than making the assumption that leaders are inherently good, the course approaches leadership from both the leader and follower perspectives and from both the Biblical ideal of leadership and the fallen leadership we see in the world around us.

LEAD 544: Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
This course focuses on understanding organizational dynamics as the context in which  21st century Christian leaders mobilize their people and other resources to achieve desired ministry/business results. Students will examine personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness through the "frames" of biblical principles and values, organizational structure/governance, culture, politics, people and technology. Considering relationships as "patterns of communication," students will increase their awareness of their own and others' communication styles and patterns influencing and being influenced within the organizational context.

LEAD 610: Strategic Thinking and Change Management
Through an examination of the basic concepts of strategic management and the increasing challenge of general managers, students will further their capacity to be strategic thinkers. Alternative approaches to creating strategies are reviewed and critiqued. A capacity for interpreting the internal and external environments is emphasized, with particular emphasis on the turbulent, evolving context of the organization. Basic principles and tools for strategic planning are introduced and an emphasis is placed on new strategies and how managers can be more effective in managing change.

LDEV 610: Advocacy, Public Policy and Human Rights
This course is designed to prepare Christian leaders for social justice advocacy in the context of the global struggle for human rights.  Drawing upon Nussbaum and Sen's "capabilities approach" to human rights, the course presents a Freirean model for social justice advocacy that recognizes the local, national and international context of advocacy work and explores creative partnerships with other organizations and community groups on particular advocacy issues.  The course emphasizes the importance of developing a biblical basis for social justice advocacy and the development of professionals to cultivate strong advocacy skills.

BUSA 603: Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
This course investigates how to design, implement, and follow up on various methods of fundraising, including foundation proposals, phonathons/telethons, direct solicitation, membership drives, and profit-making ventures in nonprofit organizations..

LEAD 536: Practical Financial Management
This financial management course will help the non-financial manager understand and value the crucial contribution of finance and accounting tools in making effective decisions to carry out the mission and goals of their organization. This course assumes that the student works for an agency that employs professionals to handle the accounting, but it also assumes that the students need to understand the professional tasks and challenges facing the accounting staff.

LEAD 541: Human Resource and Management
This course is based on the idea that people are at the center of God's heart and are the most valuable resource in any ministry or enterprise. The purpose of the course is to explore the human factors in your organization and to develop experience and skill in responding to the needs of those people. Through the critical perspectives gained in the Leadership and Empowerment course, students will hone their ability to balance efficient businesses with intentional, people-focused management.

LEAD 576: Applied Research and Evaluation
This course is an introduction to research and evaluation methods utilized in private voluntary organizations such as churches, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, urban ministries, missions, and relief and development organizations.

EDEV 520: Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding (Africa program only)
The objective of this course is for students to learn about the nature of culture and practice cross-cultural communication. Studies will help students to understand social structures, cultural exchange systems, and the ways in which they are manifested in industrial and non-industrial societies.

For more information about the Organizational Leadership Program, please contact:

  • Brian Ranck, Program Coordinator for US based programs, at 610-341-4364, or branck@eastern.edu
  • Lindsey Perry, Program Coordinator for International programs, at 610-341-1131, or lperry@eastern.edu

OR click here to fill out our online inquiry form and a program coordinator will be in touch with you.

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