Friday, August 17, 2007

Still Looking for a Topics Course? Consider COLL-S 103 Leadership: Mind, Body and Spirit - Lessons from the Aspen Idea

COLL-S 103 22065/22066 (2 sections) Leadership: Mind, Body and Spirit – Lessons from the Aspen Idea (Pugh) (A&H) (3 cr.)

4:00 PM – 6:20 PM W OR 1:00 PM – 3:20 PM W

This is an introductory course to the study of leadership. It provides each student with an opportunity to attain a deeper understanding of effective leadership using, as a foundation, the concept of the Aspen Idea which reflects the fusion of body, mind and spirit. This Idea underlies the internationally known leadership programs at the Aspen Institute, materials from which will be adapted to this course. The course introduces the leadership triad composed of situational, personal and skillful dimensions. Aspen, Colorado is used as a case study for identifying significant lessons of leadership by examination of the mining, skiing, intellectual and cultural aspects of the Aspen experience. We study this confluence of thought, creativity and action that resulted from a renaissance and re-birth after World War II as the Tenth Mountain Division veterans and the University of Chicago proponents of classical authors came together in a place of majestic physical beauty. The combination of theories, research studies, and real life experiences permits students to discover and identify principles of leadership which will form the basis of their own personal leadership plan as well as a foundation for vision, achievement and success in life. The course is taught with personal attention to no more than twenty students in a weekly extended time seminar format.

Note: COLL-S courses are traditionally reserved for Hutton Honors College students and are therefore a bit more challenging than the typical College Topics classes, as well as being more intimate (limited to 22 students per class). This particular course was recently opened up to ALL students, even those not in the Honors College, so feel free to sign up for it.