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LDRS 5554: Leading Social Change

Concentration: Leadership Studies
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


An examination of theories, processes and strategies employed to facilitate social and organizational change. Students will explore the role of the change agent with respect to institutional structures, adaption, innovation, and the progression of change. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving, social entrepreneurship, and contemporary issues. This course is third in a sequence of courses to be included in a graduate certificate titled, Problem Solving for Leading Change. While the course has no prerequisites, I invite you to learn more about the certificate and corresponding courses. Please let me know if you have questions.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify his/her personal way of solving problems with respect to implementing change.
  • Describe principles of problem solving associated with contemporary change theories.
  • Apply change theories common to social change and social entrepreneurship.
  • Evaluate the research literature regarding social change in light of existing change theories.
  • Evaluate the significant contributions Kirton’s Adaption-Innovation theory provides in better understanding components of leadership and social change.
  • Design a program for an organization that utilizes change theory which addresses a social need.

Prerequisites and Corequisites



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