Master of Arts in Leadership for Sustainable Communities

Course Descriptions

COR 520: Ethics and Moral Leadership (3 credits)

A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership. The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society and the world. It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership. The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.

LAS 508: Leadership for Sustainable Communities (3 credits)

This team-taught course introduces students to both concepts of leadership and sustainable communities and provides opportunities for them to interface with community leaders in the promotion of awareness of community needs.  Potential needs are many and varied, but can be broadly categorized as three areas of concentration: cultural, environmental, and economic. *This course should be taken as early as possible in every MALSC student’s schedule.

LAS 537: Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)

This course provides a foundation in the investigative methods of the qualitative and quantitative research paradigms.  (Students can substitute MBA 600: Quantitative Methods; MED 518: Quantitative Methods; MED 520: Educators as Researchers) *This course should be taken as early as possible in every MALSC student’s schedule.

LAS 542: Cultural Studies & Heritage Conservation (3 credits)

This course examines the multiplicity of cultures and perspectives in America as they relate to stewardship for cultural conservation on a local, national, and global scale. Cultural heritage includes languages, artifacts and materials, places, spaces, traditions, rituals, and anything significant enough for individuals to consider its management, preservation, and accessibility.  

LAS 555: Policy & Policy Analysis (3 credits)

This course investigates the political and ideological factors of policy development, implementation and evaluation.  Topics include institutional and political influences, social benefits and costs, intended versus unintended consequences, and other issues.

LAS 590: Special Topics (3 credits)

Applicable courses of special interest may be offered on a semester-by-semester basis.

LAS 603: Culture, Ecology, & Religion (3 credits)

This course explores various religious perspectives on the meaning and value of the natural world and the relationship of human beings to nature. Consideration is given to the connection between the natural and the sacred in selected traditions such as Native-American religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judeo-Christian traditions, eco-feminism, and deep ecology.

LAS 613: Social Justice & Ethics (3 credits)

This course explores political, sociological, and ethical perspectives of justice and social change. Topics include class, gender, race, and other differences as they relate to equality, power, privilege, social stratification, etc.

LAS 620: Cross-Cultural Conflicts in our Communities (3 credits)

This course examines the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that underlie conflicts in our communities. Exploring the impact of gender, racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity serves as a starting point for mediating these conflicts. Topics such as violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and discrimination are discussed. Strategies for improving relationships and developing partnerships with parents, citizens, and business and community leaders are explored.

LAS 638: Sustaining Our Environment (3 credits)

This course examines the interconnections between the natural and man made worlds, and the roles played by humans in designing, constructing, and/or managing natural and built environments.

LAS 670: Seminar with Supervised Field Experience in Community Service (3 or 6 credits)

The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to design, implement and present outcomes of a major project (service or research) to make a community more sustainable. The project requires students to apply knowledge acquired in the Master of Arts in Leadership for Sustainable Communities program with their professional and/or life skills. Projects should yield significant outcomes with a final presentation of the highest quality for a public presentation.

LAS 679: Independent Research (3 credits)

Students will coordinate with their advisor to choose a topic, research and complete a culminating paper. (This course may be taken alone or as a prerequisite to LAS 680. LAS 679 may be taken twice if research topics differ sufficiently for each course section. LAS 679 should not be completed until a majority of coursework has been completed.) 

LAS 680: Thesis (3 credits)

Completing an in-depth study of a topic of interest expands understanding of the process of conducting research at the graduate level. An interdisciplinary team of faculty provides opportunities to share and critique findings. A formal presentation of the thesis is the culminating activity for this project. Written approval of the research director or adviser and of the Dean is required. Prerequisite: LAS 679. (LAS 680 should not be completed until a majority of coursework has been completed.) 

LAS 690: Special Topics (3 credits)

Applicable courses of special interest may be offered on a semester-by-semester basis.
MALSC Advisor
Img: Cathy Myers
Cathy Curran Myers, JD
Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies
Coordinator of MALSC Program
College of Arts and Sciences

   Francis Hall, Room 248
   Main Campus
   Reading, PA 19607

Admissions Staff 

Hillary Saylor Schulze
Enrollment Coordinator
School of Graduate and Adult Education

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   Phone: 610-796-5611
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Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

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