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LDRS 202 Principled Leadership in American Government

Course Description

An interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present. The first part of the course will focus on the establishment of the basic frameworks of citizen-leadership through the creation and implementation of central documents of governance, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Subsequent parts of the course will use selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America's fundamental principles amidst the needs of changing times. The course will draw on appropriate sources from Leadership Studies, Political Science, History, African-American Studies, and other disciplines. It will include an exercise in experiential learning and conclude with an examination of challenges facing the United States and her leaders today and how her founding ideals and documents can assist in meeting them. (