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GBLD501: Personal and Theoretical Foundations to Global Leadership

Critically explores key concepts of global leadership through personal, collective, and theoretical lenses to prepare students for the MAGL program. This includes learning about one’s own cultural ‘lenses’, mental models and the historical structural inequalities, and coming to a broader understanding and integration of approaches to working in a global context. Participants will explore and describe their personal and collective values and goals, establish personal and collective learning plans, and prepare life and self for residency. During this course, a strong emphasis will be placed on building a supportive learning community, thus creating a strong foundation for the program.
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD505: Personal Capacities for Working in Complex Global Systems

Focuses on building personal capacities in a global setting by developing self-awareness and self-management skills in regard to each individual’s values, beliefs, practices, and assumptions. Students will engage in building understanding and communication skills that support authentic and collaborative relationships with others who have different values, beliefs, and behaviours. Students will explore and describe their own orientation to the world and how they exist with and relate to others from diverse cultural backgrounds. This includes being adaptive and resilient in complex, changing environments. Students will engage in systems thinking as they examine and apply concepts from complexity science to adaptive systems where cause and effect co-evolve over time. Students will learn the fundamentals of leadership in complex environments, the ability to nurture emergence and tap into wisdom and power in the face of uncertainty. Students will explore the relevance of generational, gendered, and cultural difference (among other dimensions of difference including social structures), and how these influence leadership styles when facilitating change and innovation in complex environments. Pre-requisites: GBLD 501 or with permission
Course Credits: 9.0

GBLD510: Social Structures and Dynamics within Social-Purpose Organizations

Examines the various structural models of social-purpose organizations, based on assumptions about purpose, power and authority, social justice, complexity, and leadership. Explores the role of organizational culture in social-purpose organizations as it influences employee expectations, horizontal structures, and rewards that go beyond monetary reimbursement. Social-purpose organizations seek to align values and expectations among managers, board, and donors while being sensitive to community expectations, all within an environment that values transparency and respect.
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD511: Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation

Develops knowledge and key skills necessary for conducting strategic analysis, decision making, and evaluation in the context of a ‘learning organization’ that is engaged in planning for complex social change. With donors and communities expecting results, and social-purpose organizations often working with uncertain long-term funding, competent planning is critical. The course will address how to establish innovative goals and processes, and project an ethical and accurate image of the organization, yet manage expectations that align with limited resources. Participants will be introduced to the processes of performance monitoring and evaluation, enabling them to assess the impact of organizational decision making and operations, and to revise decision making accordingly. Pre-requisites: GBLD501, GBLD505
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD520: Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities

Develops understanding of global communities in their relationships to wider social, cultural, historical, political and economic settings, factors, and ideas. Students connect theories and practices in global community development to the shifting social, political, and economic environments that shape people’s lives in the global North and South. Participants explore the centrality of the concept of globalization and the integration of local and global forces. They develop and apply global literacy in a number of domains: political, economic, cultural, moral, organizational, and spiritual/religious. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 and GBLD505.
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD521: Community Development in a Global Context

Examines community development from a global perspective as it is practiced in different settings in the world. This includes examining global issues and a spectrum of community-development models, ranging from structured external models to grassroots initiatives originating from within a community (e.g., community movements). Students critically analyze the applicability of various models to specific contexts in different geographic locations; as well as apply their evolving understanding of different community development approaches to real-life contexts. Using current global community challenges and real-world challenges in which they themselves are involved, students explore how different community development approaches can work in a complementary fashion to optimize results at the community level. Pre-requisites GBLD 501 and GBLD 505.
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD522: Managing Difficult Relationships Within and Across Community Dynamics

Examines tensions and conflicts that arise from the multidimensional and intersectional nature of globalized communities. Using a range of examples from different geographic locations, analyzes how political, economic, cultural, moral, organizational and/or spiritual/religious goals can compete with one another. Participants learn to understand contemporary tensions in their historic contexts and how conflicts can be transformed constructively. Through analyses of selected models and strategies applied at the community level, students develop an understanding of community-based approaches to harness tensions and conflicts, and how to engage in relationships with a global leadership perspective. Pre-requisites: GBLD 501 and GBLD 505
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD610: Project Development and Partnership Building

Engages students in developing their capstone project ideas and turning these ideas into capstone project proposals. Introduces students to processes of project planning, execution, monitoring and review. Addresses how to engage partners in projects using collaborative inquiry methods and visioning while being mindful of the global context. Provides experiential opportunities to further develop and apply program competencies through global experiences relevant to personal goals and global leadership capabilities relevant to their capstone project. Pre-requisites: GBLD 501 and GBLD 505, or with permission
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD640: Capstone Project in Global Leadership

The Capstone Project in Global Leadership constitutes an interdisciplinary applied project. This project is to demonstrate the student’s integrated knowledge of leadership theory and practice in a global context. The student should carry out a meaningful project that makes a difference or otherwise contributes a benefit to a community, organization or group of people. Pre-requisites: GBLD 501, GBLD 505, GBLD 610.
Course Credits: 9.0