GCLH-Global Comm Ldshp Honors Courses

Courses

GCLH 105. Exploring Birmingham: Change and Power. 3 Hours.

Exploring Birmingham is a first-year GCL field experience which uses the City as Text pedagogy to engage students in a structured exploration of Birmingham and the social, political, economic and environmental forces which shape it. Through readings, films, discussions, lectures, and personal experiences in the city itself, students learn how to gather and analyze information, think critically about difficult and contentious issues, and integrate learning across disciplines.

GCLH 150. Burning Issues. 3 Hours.

Introductory course for students in the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Students will learn about various issues impacting the world today. Course will include guest speakers, topical readings, and significant reflective writing. Ultimately, students will select the issue that ignites their passion – their “burning issue”.

GCLH 200. Thinking Like a Leader. 1-3 Hour.

This course will examine social change leadership models and explore the characteristics, values, and beliefs of such leaders past and present. It is a required course for all Global and Community Leadership Honors Program students.

GCLH 205. Leadership and Community/SL. 1-3 Hour.

The second required GCL field experience uses the service-learning pedagogy, providing students partnerships with selected community or local government agencies. Through readings, discussions and written reflections, students will explore the meaning of service and leadership as they work throughout the semester with their community partners. The goal of the course is to bring students to a deeper understanding of their role as leaders in service to those communities where they find themselves living and working, as well as those they wish to affect in positive ways.
Prerequisites: GCLH 105 [Min Grade: C]

GCLH 210. Thinking Locally and Globally. 1-3 Hour.

This course engages students in moderator development techniques needed to conduct community forums and exposes them to cross-cultural participatory decision-making through an immersion experience.
Prerequisites: GCLH 105 [Min Grade: C] and GCLH 205 [Min Grade: C]

GCLH 301. Leadership and Community Engagement. 1-3 Hour.

This course provides students with field experiences in partnership with community or local government agencies. Through readings, discussions and written reflections, students will explore the meaning of leadership and community engagement. Student placements are based on an issue of interest, thus allowing them to apply knowledge gained in both their major field and leadership courses. The goal of the course is to bring students to a deeper understanding of their role as leaders in service to the community and in applying knowledge for the benefit of Birmingham and beyond.
Prerequisites: GCLH 105 [Min Grade: C] and GCLH 205 [Min Grade: C] and GCLH 210 [Min Grade: C] and HAC 301 [Min Grade: C]

GCLH 350. Stoking the Fire: Leadership in Action. 3 Hours.

Practical application of leadership skills for students in the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Students will learn, develop, and put into practice a pragmatic skill set for management and operations in social change leadership.