Global Student Leadership Summit Online Course Syllabus 2017

Learning Outcomes:

  • Through structured opportunities for personal introductions, discussions and sharing, participants will build interpersonal networks within the group, develop community, and receive an overall orientation to the GSLS experience.
  • From cross-cultural perspectives, participants will broaden their understanding of concepts that can characterize effective leadership, 
  • Participants will enhance their individual capacity to understand and appreciate cultural differences in ways that will foster respect and healthy leadership dialogue among GSLS participants.
  • Participants will be able to identify and articulate their individual talents, how they can be transformed into strengths, and how they can be incorporated into their lives as leaders.

Course Outline:

Each week, we will focus on one or two topics - and as we go, we will provide clear guidance for the tasks and discussions we will work on during the course:

Week 1 (Week of Mar 17):

Participation in the Introduction discussion board, provide an overview of the GSLS and discuss expectations for the online class.

Week 2 (Week of Mar 24):

Provide directions on how to complete the StrengthsQuest inventory and review your results. Gain an introductory understanding of your StrengthsQuest themes and their definitions as well as the StrengthsQuest concepts.

Week 3 (Week of Mar 31):

Complete the Lifelines activity (using instructions from Jenn Christ). This includes leadership journey, key moments in life that impacted cultural lens, and other factors.

Week 4 (Week of April 7):

Begin to understand the Social Change Model, looking at making a change at Webster on a local and a global scale. Begin thinking about intercultural communication and action planning for making change at their campus.

Week 5 (Week of Apr 14):

Understand the components of an Action Plan and view examples. Identify your goals for increasing meaningful student involvement on your campus and building connections with the global network of Webster. Meet with your campus group to do initial brainstorming for action plan.

Week 6 (Week of Apr 21): 

Brainstorm topics for roundtable discussions. These discussions will then take place on site during summit.

Week 7 (Week of Apr 28):

Students will get an understanding of the case study activity that will occur during the summit. Here we will share the group assignments in the mixed small group setting.

Week 8 (Week of May 5):

Provide reminders and specifics on logistics regarding housing, transportation, what to bring, how to communication, what to expect in Vienna.