Course Syllabus

ORG603: Leadership in Diverse and Under-Resourced Communities

Undergraduate Syllabus

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

This course covers traditional Christian leadership development theory as well as providing a survey of theories on leadership. The first part of the course focuses on life reflection within a Christian context in order to develop a philosophy of ministry.  The last part of this course focuses on how to lead effectively in organizations serving in diverse and under-resourced communities and to develop strategies to improve the representation of women and people of color in leadership.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on your leadership journey according to traditional Christian leadership development theory.
  2. Create a philosophy of ministry and leadership integrating personal experience with key concepts from this course.
  3. Construct a leadership toolkit for new supervisors in an organization by applying leadership theories.
  4. Develop a plan for expanding your own cross-cultural leadership ability.
  5. Use systems thinking to develop a plan that includes personal, physical, cultural and organizational aspects of their own leadership development.
  6. Design a plan for an organization to increase the representation of women and people of color in leadership.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*).  After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Finance. Analyze the complexities of financial and administrative systems and apply that to make effective business decisions.
  2. Innovation. Develop strategies and plans to effectively use technology and innovation to achieve organizational goals.
  3. Relational. Develop and implement human capital, talent management and general human resource plans sensitive to the dynamics of corporate human behavior in different cultural contexts.* 
  4. Values. To develop plans to achieve their own personal vocation and calling as well as bringing social change to the world in line with Christian values.*
  5. Strategy. To develop a synthesis to integrate a wide range of business skills into a plan for starting or growing an organization. 
  6. Specialization. Demonstrate professional competencies in a specialty area appropriate for managerial roles in private industry, public sector institutions, and not-for-profit agencies.

Required Texts

Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes. 

Pick One Text as Your Third Required Book

In the first half of this course we focus primarily on “majority culture” models on leadership from  academic and Christian perspectives. In the second half of this course, we will focus increasingly on effective leadership that supports women leaders, people of color and those serving and coming from under-resourced communities. To support the diversity of interests of students in this course, we are allowing students to pick their own book to read for the last half of this course. 

You can pick from the following book suggestions or you can suggest your own. If you suggest your own, your instructor will need to ensure that it meets the course objective to “improve your leadership capacity in general and specifically in serving in diverse and under-resourced communities." You cannot pick a book that you have read prior to this course. 

Recommended Books on Race & Ethnicity

Recommended Books on Gender

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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Additional Policies:

This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: April 6, 2022

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