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UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - Utrecht University - 'Utrecht Univ.'
UC Course SubjectPolitical Science
Number & Suffix: 123
Full UC Title: UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL LEADERSHIP 
Transcript Title: POLITICL LEADERSHIP 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course is about an omnipresent yet curiously ill-understood phenomenon in politics and government: leadership. Calls for better, stronger, more authentic, more ethical public leadership are often heard these days – as indeed they have been on and off through the ages in most political systems. Through watching and analyzing episodes of political drama series and documentaries, case studies, meetings with practitioners and a simulation, students explore how we can systematically understand and evaluate various forms of public leadership, and perhaps even think intelligently about how leadership might be improved. Among the key questions the course addresses are: What are the distinctive and functions of leadership in politics and government? Is democratic leadership an oxymoron? Why do people follow leaders – even really bad ones? How do we know successful political, administrative and civic leadership when we see it? What role do personality, context and skills play in leadership processes? How can we understand, distinguish and evaluate leadership styles – both backstage (in working with colleagues and advisers) and on stage (in the public eye)? How do leaders cope with the special challenges and opportunities presented by major disruptions and crises? How can we organize effective leadership succession in politics and public administration? During the course, several guest speakers share their knowledge and experience and students experience acting as a political leader during a simulation. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL LEADERSHIP 
Partner University Department: Governance 
Partner University Course Number: USG4250