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Course Information and Requirements for South Africa 2019

In the spirit of developing leadership for the common good, the Leader Certificate Program offers a global leadership academic course in South Africa. The course involves three phases of instruction: classroom instruction, field experience, and community/social justice outreach.  This three-credit course will be offered beginning in the spring for enrolled students participating in the subsequent phases of the course.  Students who successfully complete all requirements for this course will receive the distinction of “Emphasis in Global Leadership” on his or her Leader Certificate upon completion of the Leader Certificate Program.
Cape Town South Africa  village by the sea scenery

Course Structure & Curriculum

• Phase I (Spring Semester 2019): Students are required to enroll in LDR 391: Global Perspectives on Leadership - South Africa (3 credits). This course meets once per week (Wednesdays from 4:10pm-5:35pm) during the Spring 2019 semester. The classroom phase and orientation to global leadership and development of intercultural competencies needed for the immersion in South Africa. Faculty will provide the academic, reflective, and experiential foundation for the summer course.

• Phase II (Summer 2019): Global leadership immersion and service-learning in South Africa. This will include a three-week immersion in South Africa. During the course of the three weeks in South Africa, students will participate in the following academic requirements; a written reflective journal, BLOG postings, a cultural research project, culture seminars, and nightly reflections. Students will be responsible for a final written paper incorporating this material and their experience. A partnership established by the University of Portland with Carpe Diem Education will help coordinate logistics for this phase of the course and be available to assist and interact with the students.

• Phase III (Fall Semester 2019): Participants will debrief and reflect deeply on their academic and experiential undertakings in Phases I and II. They will engage their transformative South Africa experience to implement educational and service-oriented activities related to South Africa and its influence on leadership, culture and life in the University of Portland and local Portland community. They are also highly encouraged to take follow-up courses and engage in activities that will help process their experience and better comprehend their role in serving as leaders and positive agents for global justice.

Huts in the village of Coffee Bay

Learning Goals

• Understand and practice the seven leader character habits and key concepts of leadership theory through an international experience.
• Develop a deeper awareness of leadership strengths and practice leveraging those strengths in a global setting.
• Develop and express an ethic of accompaniment, curiosity, compassion, and gratitude while interacting with others
• Recognize components of other cultural perspectives and worldviews and use them while initiating and developing interactions with others (GILO Level 2: World Citizen)
• Recognize new ways of seeing components of one’s culture that inform/influence one’s worldview, values, beliefs, and expression of leadership (GILO Level 2: World Citizen)

Large statue of Nelson Mandala in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa


Applicants will receive priority in the application process for this course if they are participants in the Leader Certificate Program and have or are currently taken LDR 225. Students who are Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be considered for this course, due to Phase III that requires participation after the completion of the global field study. This course is open to students of all majors. Students are required to enroll in LDR 391: Global Perspectives on Leadership - South Africa (3 credits). This course meets once per week (Wednesdays from 4:10pm-5:35pm) during the Spring 2019 semester. 

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