MISC 504 Leadership in Context

Using historical case studies for military leadership, students analyze the convictions, disciplines, successes, and failures of those who have lead well in their fields.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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King Solomon said, “let the wise listen and add to their learning” (1:5). This course is a course intent on helping students listen to the leadership wisdom of military leaders throughout history by reading of their stories and reflecting on their life, habits, disciplines, and character. Such listening will surely add wisdom to those who have the patience to hear well. 


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After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each Discussion will be completed in 2 parts: a thread addressing the instructor’s prompt and 2 replies to classmates’ threads. The thread must be at least 350 words and the replies must be at least 300 words each.

The student will identify a military leader to research. The goal for this research project is not biographical but instead to consider the types of decisions they made throughout their career and how it influenced their leadership (CLO: B & C). 

This assignment is two parts. The first part is autobiographical and the second part should contrast the first with what has been read throughout the course. This assignment focuses on the nature of humility in leading and leadership–how this has been experienced, both good and bad. The goal is then to assess what can be taken from these experienced and harnessed in the students’ future leadership (CLO: A). 

Students will write an applied book review on The Generals. The review is segmented into five distinct sections (CLO: C). 

For this assignment, students must interview two military servicemen/women (active duty is prefered, but retired will work). These individuals must be outside the chain of your command. The goal here is to focus your interview on what is effective military leadership. Perspectives on this question from the top and bottom likely will be different. Students here will need to then reflect on the variations in the answers as they write their own summary/narrative/application of the interview (CLO: B, C). 

This is the culmination of the research proposal completed earlier in the course. Here, the student will complete their research paper in 2500-3000 words (CLO: B, C). 

Temptation confronts all leaders. It is wise for leaders to know what types of temptations are common to their personality and position. This assignment will require that students read and reflect on the potential for temptation throughout their life (CLO: D). 


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