International Relations: Leadership for Sustainability Practicum (11:607:488)

Spring 2016 Syllabus

SEBS School Requirement

Fulfills Junior/Senior Colloquium.



Course Description

4 credits.

Course Objectives

  • Examine and apply leadership principles and skills in an international, multi-cultural context;
  • Evaluate group dynamics and team processes in a culturally diverse setting;
  • Apply principles of group dynamics and team processes;
  • Assess and demonstrate leadership skills in problem solving, networking, and influencing others;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in effective communication;
  • Examine the development and changing composition of the Crucian people and its impact on the Island's success and challenges.

Course Facilitation

  • Online via Rutgers eCollege (not Sakai):
  • In-Class Meetings:
    • Week 1: Saturday, 1/23 - Martin Hall, 3rd floor conference room
    • Week 3: Saturday, 2/13 - Martin Hall, 3rd floor conference room
    • Week 6: Saturday, 3/5 - Martin Hall, 3rd floor conference room
    • Week 12: Saturday, 4/16 - Martin Hall, 3rd floor conference room
  • Travel in St. Croix: March 13–20

Course Policies & Expectations

Distance Education

Students should be reminded that the same dedication required for an on-campus course is required for a distance education course. Students must be self-motivated, manage time efficiently, and approach their studies seriously. Students are also expected to be computer literate and should be familiar with how to access articles online from the University library since this will be necessary throughout the semester.

How It Works

Students should log onto Rutgers eCollege (not Sakai) at the start of each week, review assignments, and post their work. The course syllabus is accessible at all times throughout the semester so that students are always aware of upcoming assignments and deadlines. Deadlines for weekly assignments will always be on Saturday at midnight, unless otherwise noted. Please consult the assignments links for each week to read the most updated list of assignments. Any changes will be communicated to students via the Announcements Page and via email.

Online Attendance/Expectations for Participation/Students

Your attention and active participation in this online course will enhance this unique learning experience for all. Contact with your instructor and fellow students is crucial to your success. It is expected that you will log on at least 2 times each week on different days to check and post assignments and participate in the threaded discussions or write in your student journal. If you foresee a conflict in participating at any time during the semester, you must contact the instructor.

  • Students must be earning a passing grade in order to participate in the travel portion of the course.
  • Any and all absences must be cleared by the instructor in advance.
  • Keep in mind that our course is available anytime, anywhere 24-hours a day.

Threaded Discussions

where all students can post comments, which will provide an interesting forum for students to expound on theory discussed in the text and apply it to personal experience. Additional assignments will also cause for students to examine personal beliefs and think critically about leadership and communication.

Types of Assignments

Weekly readings (articles/websites, as noted); threaded discussions with classmates; student lead threaded discussions, reaction papers, team projects papers and presentations.

Submission of Written Assignments

All written assignments should be a WORD document (please no PDF) double-spaced with 1" margins. Type style used should be Arial or Times New Roman in 12-point font. Each assignment should include the following information in the header: Name, Title of Course, Title of Assignment, and Due Date.

Due Dates

Reaction Papers

Reaction Papers are typically due at the end of the weekly module—which in this course is Sunday—assignments can be posted until midnight on Sunday.

Threaded Discussions

First response is due Wednesday of the weekly unit with subsequent commentary due no later than Sunday of the weekly unit. Responses can be posted until midnight on Sunday.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will not be accepted without instructor approval and will not be accepted more than one week after the original due date. Entries into a threaded discussion cannot be posted late, as essentially that class discussion has ended.

Tips for Threaded Discussion

These tools allow you to post your own thoughts on readings, as well as comment on your classmates' posts. Please keep in mind that you may not agree with what someone else has to say. Because we all come from different backgrounds and possess different cultural values, it is expected that a difference of opinion will exist. Sharing your point of view is important to the progress of the course and will demonstrate your critical thinking.

Additional Online Tools in eCollege

Students are encouraged to take advantage of additional tools offered through eCollege to enhance the online learning experience. Each student has a Student Journal which can be utilized for reflective journaling. A webliography section also allows students to post weblinks to articles and websites of interest.

Contact with Your Instructor

We are available via email and voicemail. Students should expect a response to an email inquiry within 24 hours, unless otherwise noted during a particular week. I am interested in seeing all students succeed, and therefore, am available for phone conferences to answer questions or listen to concerns.

Online Etiquette

We live in a world where technology has become a stronghold for how we communicate on a daily basis. While many of us are used to interacting in this manner, keep in mind the rules of etiquette, or "netiquette", in order to ensure respect for all. It is assumed that all students in this distance course will:

  • Be considerate when interacting through email or online, considering the vocabulary and length of the communication
  • Be aware that body language is not visible through online communication and there is room for misinterpretation—choosing words carefully and being clear and concise should help alleviate any issues
  • Understand that profanity, sarcasm, and hurtful language will not be tolerated. An environment of professionalism and respect will prevail and be maintained by all students
  • Proofread all entries prior to posting work both in written assignments, reaction papers, e-portfolio, and in threaded discussions. This includes attention to spelling, tone, message content, grammar, and proper sentence structure.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is essential to the success of the University's educational and research missions, and violations of academic integrity constitute serious offenses against the entire academic community. This academic integrity policy is designed to guide students as they prepare assignments, take examinations, and perform the work necessary to complete their degree requirements. Students are required to adhere to the professional standards outlined in the Rutgers University policies on academic integrity, which are available Policy on Academic Integrity and at: Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

Accessibility at Rutgers

Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview and provide documentation. For a the full explanation of the process, go to Documentation Guidelines. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with a Letter of Accommodation. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. To begin this process, please complete the registration form on the ODS website.

Weekly Syllabus

Week 1: Tuesday, 1/19–31, Includes Class Meeting on 1/23/16

  • Participate in the Icebreaker Threaded Discussion #1A
  • Participate in Threaded Discussion #1B
  • Class Meeting
  • Individual research assignment: "Issue/challenge in St Croix; paper due 2/21/16
  • Work on Group Research Assignment:
    • Groups A & B present in Week 3 on 2/13
    • Groups C, D, & E present on 3/52

Week 2: 2/1–7

  • Reading TBD
  • Participate in Threaded Discussion #2 "Your Leadership Perspectives"
  • Submit proposed "Issue/challenge in St Croix" for approval
  • Work on Group Research Assignment.
    • Groups A & B present in Week 3 on 2/132

Week 3: 2/8–14, Includes Class Meeting on 2/13/16

Week 4: 2/15–21

  • Submit "Issue/challenge in St Croix"
  • Groups C, D, & E - Work on Group Research Assignment. Presentation due Week 6 on 3/5
  • Contact St. Croix Leaders/Speakers as assigned2

Week 5: 2/22–28

  • Groups C,D & E Work on Group Research Assignment. Presentation due Week 6 on 3/5
  • Contact St. Croix Leaders/Speakers as assigned
  • Read and comment on classmates' Abstracts due2

Week 6: 2/29 – 3/6 Includes Class Meeting on 3/5/16

Week 7: 3/7–12

  • Post questions to be asked in St. Croix on research issue/challenge due 3/10
  • Continue with contact St. Croix Leaders/Speakers as assigned
  • Prepare to depart. Itinerary and room assignments to be provided2

Week 8: 3/13–20 TRAVEL TO ST. CROIX!

  • Demonstrate meeting management skills
  • Lead/facilitate 'Lessons Learned' session briefings
  • Introduce speakers
  • Demonstrate team behaviors and problem solving skills2

Week 9: 3/21–27

  • Culture & Leadership- readings and follow-up assignments 2

Week 10: 3/28 – 4/3

  • The Leadership Challenge: Shared strategic vision- readings and follow-up assignments2

Week 11: 4/4–10

  • Leadership theories and applications - readings and follow-up assignments
  • Work on final paper due 5/22

Week 12: 4/11–17 Includes Class Meeting on 4/16/16

  • Leadership skill continuum – in class case study and readings
  • Class Meeting #4
  • Review of career path resources
    • In-class exercise to develop career skill portfolio2

Week 13: 4/18–24

  • Leadership skill continuum - readings and follow-up assignments
  • Video elevator speech to be posted – due 4/24
  • Work on final paper due 5/22

Week 14: 4/25 – 5/2

  • Final paper due 5/2