General Studies Courses

General Studies courses may be an option for students interested in taking one or two credit-based courses but who are not currently interested in seeking a credential. Students who successfully complete General Studies courses may be eligible to transfer credit toward a certificate, diploma or degree upon formal admission to a program.

Permission to register in General Studies courses requires approval by the Dean or designate. Supporting documentation and/or prerequisites may be required.

For information about non-credit courses, visit Continuing Studies.

Upcoming Start Dates

GBLD501: Personal and Theoretical Foundations to Global Leadership

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

GBLD501: Personal and Theoretical Foundations to Global Leadership

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
September 20, 2021 November 28, 2021 TBD Online
October 25, 2021 December 12, 2021 TBD On Campus

GBLD510: Social Structures and Dynamics within Social-Purpose Organizations

 Course Description: 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. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 and GBLD505.  Credits: 3.00

GBLD510: Social Structures and Dynamics within Social-Purpose Organizations

 Course Description: 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. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 and GBLD505.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
June 7, 2021 August 15, 2021 2441.75 Online
June 6, 2022 August 14, 2022 TBD Online

GBLD511: Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation

 Course Description: 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, or LEAD526, LEAD527 & LEAD528, or Program Head approval.  Credits: 3.00

GBLD511: Strategic Analysis, Decision Making and Evaluation

 Course Description: 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, or LEAD526, LEAD527 & LEAD528, or Program Head approval.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 16, 2020 February 7, 2021 2441.75 Online
January 25, 2021 April 4, 2021 2441.75 Online
May 3, 2021 July 11, 2021 2441.75 Online
August 9, 2021 October 17, 2021 2441.75 Online
August 30, 2021 November 7, 2021 2441.75 Online
January 24, 2022 April 3, 2022 TBD Online
May 2, 2022 July 10, 2022 TBD Online
August 8, 2022 October 16, 2022 TBD Online
August 29, 2022 November 6, 2022 TBD Online

GBLD520: Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

GBLD520: Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
March 15, 2021 May 23, 2021 2441.75 Online
March 14, 2022 May 22, 2022 TBD Online
March 14, 2022 May 22, 2022 TBD On Campus

GBLD521: Community Development in a Global Context

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

GBLD521: Community Development in a Global Context

 Course Description: 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.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
June 7, 2021 August 15, 2021 2441.75 Online
June 6, 2022 August 14, 2022 TBD Online

GBLD522: Managing Difficult Relationships Within and Across Community Dynamics

 Course Description: 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  Credits: 3.00

GBLD522: Managing Difficult Relationships Within and Across Community Dynamics

 Course Description: 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  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
November 23, 2020 February 21, 2021 2441.75 Online
November 15, 2021 February 6, 2022 TBD Online

GBLD538: Evaluation in a Global Context

 Course Description: Focuses on principles and design of program and policy evaluation to facilitate development, learning and change initiatives in the global context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Critical are theories and principles of leadership, systems thinking, stakeholder engagement, and organizational learning, taking into consideration social, economic, cultural, and geo–political contexts. The course presents different models for using evaluative processes to provide clarity on program goals and operations, generate evidence on outcomes and what is working, and to guide new directions and improve impact. Different system paradigms and evaluation designs are identified in terms of theoretical and practice assumptions and implications.  Credits: 3.00

GBLD538: Evaluation in a Global Context

 Course Description: Focuses on principles and design of program and policy evaluation to facilitate development, learning and change initiatives in the global context of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Critical are theories and principles of leadership, systems thinking, stakeholder engagement, and organizational learning, taking into consideration social, economic, cultural, and geo–political contexts. The course presents different models for using evaluative processes to provide clarity on program goals and operations, generate evidence on outcomes and what is working, and to guide new directions and improve impact. Different system paradigms and evaluation designs are identified in terms of theoretical and practice assumptions and implications.  Credits: 3.00

Start Date End Date Tuition (Domestic) Delivery
August 30, 2021 November 7, 2021 TBD Online
September 12, 2022 November 6, 2022 TBD Online