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Public Administration: Women in Leadership

PA 395 Z1 (CRN: 61524)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: CDAE 395 Z1

About PA 395 Z1

For advanced students within areas of expertise of the faculty. Varied course offerings. Contemporary topics. Instructor Permission.



Dates: June 17 - July 12, 2019 On campus June 25th, 26th, 27th, July 9th, 10th, and 11th remainder of course will be online; The last day to register for this course is June 19th using the UVM portal. If you have passed this date, please connect directly with the instructor of record for assistance in registration

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Section Description

This Women and Leadership course is designed to help you better understand the unique challenges women face when it comes to achieving positions of power and influence. We will also consider, more generally, what it takes to be a good leader, and we will learn from women who have been successful, in both the private and public sectors. This class will have four modules. Module 1 – Where are the Women? Barriers to Women in Leadership. [Online] The first module will examine the extent to which women are still excluded from top leadership positions, and we will explore the many factors that hold women back. We will consider why women don’t often self-identify as leaders, and we will study the barriers that still exist for women in both the private and public sectors. We will look at the latest research on the impact of stereotypes and discrimination on women’s success, as well as the challenges for women of balancing family responsibilities with work that persist despite the shift toward great gender equality in housework and childcare. We will also look at how all of these factors can be even more of a barrier for women of color. Module 2 – How Women Lead. [In Person] The second module will explore the latest research on gender and leadership styles, traits, and effectiveness. We will look at how the model of what constitutes good leadership has shifted over time away from more hierarchical, command- and-control models of leadership to models that are more collaborative and inspirational. We will look at how these new views on what makes a leader effective might provide new opportunities for women to take on leadership roles. Module 3 –Learning from Success. [Online] The third module will look at advice given to women seeking leadership. This includes embracing a leadership style that is authentic to you, creating social capital, cultivating a support network and finding mentors. In addition to learning techniques that can help women overcome barriers to leadership, we will examine the effect of women leaders on organizational outcomes and why it is important to have women, including women of color in leadership positions. During this module, you will be asked to interview a woman leader in your community or in your field. Please note that while most of the materials in this course are based on the American experience, we encourage students from countries other than the United States to bring to this class the benefit of their own background and experiences. We will also consider the many barriers to leadership experienced by women of color in the United States that may be different than the experience of the white women who are often the subjects of research on this topic. Module 4 - Creating Your Personal Leadership Plan. [In Person] You will start off this module by completing on-line surveys to help you to identify your strengths and weakness, and to help you to begin to understand your own leadership style. Because the best leaders are grounded in purpose, we will spend a class writing personal mission statements. These statements will be the foundation of your personal leadership plan. Finally, you will be provided with a series of exercises to help you complete your personal leadership plan.

Section Expectation

Most of the readings will be front-loaded in this course, so you might want to get started with them early. We will be using Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders (Harvard Business Press 2007) as out textbook. 
 In addition to this text book (which you can get at the bookstore, or used, through Amazon) there will be required readings included as PDF attachments which you can find embedded in the class modules and in the Course Materials. You will also be required to listen to podcasts and watch and comment on a number of TED Talks and YouTube video presentations.


Students will be evaluated based on: Class Participation: In this class, students will be expected to complete all of the readings, and participate actively in the class discussion. Journal: Students will compete a weekly journal. The journal entry will be comprised of answers to questions that are designed to get students to reflect on the week’s readings and to let me know how the materials from the week relate to their personal experience. Leader Interview/Case Study. Students will be asked to conduct an interview of a woman in leadership, write up their findings into a (4-5 page) paper, and then provide a ten-minute presentation during our final week of class. Personal Leadership Plan: Students will submit a paper that will serve as a personal leadership plan. This paper will be eight to ten pages in length. It will answer a number of questions designed to help students explore their own leadership pathways. This paper will also require students to apply three or more theories or ideas from our readings and discussions to their own experience, and will demonstrate a synthesis of the materials we covered in the class. This paper will be due ten days after the completion of the class.




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