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LAWS 8035 Leadership, Communication and Social Justice for the Public Interest Practitioner (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Studying the dynamics of sub-systems can give insight into larger systemic dynamics. Conversely, studying larger systemic dynamics can give insight into issues confronting a team, and a person-in-role. In this course, students study systemic dynamics (conscious and unconscious) in law, leadership and social justice through the lens of students’ experience-in-role. Students form and work in teams to create a social justice change project, then apply theoretical concepts developed through course materials and class discussion to analyze team and leadership dynamics. Students later link team dynamics to the dynamics of larger surrounding systems (class, university, communities, societies) and circle back to reconsider the issues faced by their team. By using their experience as data to form and test hypotheses, students develop their ability to use self-as-instrument to interpret group-level and systemic dynamics. As students understand the relatedness of person-role-system, the possibility for systemic transformation through role is explored. Course requirements include class attendance, participation, journals, short papers, team presentation, and team final project and paper. Course is deeply self-reflective and psycho- dynamic in nature and not appropriate for those experiencing personal difficulty. Note: Additional all-day classes are scheduled on two Saturdays (January 20 & April 7). Limited enrollment. 1L-Elective/1st-or-2nd-choice-only. Method of Evaluation: Assignments

Instructor(s): Evangeline Sarda
Marcus Breen

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Satisfies Perspectives on Justice and the Law Requirement Satisfies 3 credits of the Experiential Course Requirement

Last Updated: 31-Oct-17