LEAD 400, Global Leadership and Problem-Solving: Over the last two hundred years, most nations in all parts of the world have made real, often remarkable progress in improving human well-being as measured by such indices as life expectancy, education, nutrition, per capita annual income, personal security, and many others including a sense of individual well-being and personal happiness.
That global progress, however, did not “just happen.” Globally, major strides in human well-being have been due at least in part to leadership by individuals and groups in government, business, and non-governmental organizations; public-private partnerships among and between these leaders and their respective institutions; and cross-national and cross-cultural learning regarding “what works” with respect to ameliorating major public problems, improving human well-being, and enhancing individual happiness.
Applying lessons learned from six other Leadership and Communication courses, and examining case studies in “global leadership” from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Sweden, Tanzania, and the United States, each LEAD 400 student will complete two projects:
- A biographical analysis of a past leader who contributed significantly to human well-being, to be presented in the form of a video lecture by the student, and shared with other members of the class
- A substantial research paper that prescribes a particular approach to a problem that presently threatens human well-being in multiple nations or regions of the globe (global warming, extreme poverty, infectious diseases, inadequate health care, or others)
The prerequisites for this course are LEAD 101, LEAD 304, LEAD 305, LEAD 310, LEAD 340, and LEAD 350.
*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.