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What is Social Science 58?
Welcome to Modesto Junior College and to Social Science 58. We hope you find that this course challenges you in the way you think, feel, and approach the world of leadership. President John F. Kennedy once said that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”. Social Science 58 is more than a class, it is a vehicle to bring together the world of leadership and learning for Modesto Junior College students.
Social Science 58 is the theory and practice of leadership. This class was created to help students ignite their passion for leadership, service, personal growth, and development. Some of you may be tempted to say “I am not a leader” or you may be referred to by others as the “leaders of tomorrow”. Leadership, in its simplest form, is the ability to influence. You possess the ability to lead. You are not the leaders of tomorrow; you are the leaders of today!!! Your participation in this class will put you in a position to step out into the world with more knowledge, more confidence, and an increased desire to be innovative, creative, and active in life! Leadership is a journey, not a destination! Your experience and effort are the journey in this course; a grade is a simple destination.
In an effort to evaluate the learning experience of students, MJC participates in Student Learning Outcomes or SLO’s. SLO’s are assessments taken, based on the student experience, to evaluate if the learning objectives of the course were met. When you successfully complete Social Science 58 you should be able to:
-Define what leadership is
This class is designed for you. The intention is to learn through participation, activities, presentations, and lectures. Student’s participation in class activities and discussions is highly encouraged as it adds to the class environment and your learning experience.
The assignments for this course are not set up for simple completion but will challenge you to be reflective and insightful. Students who are typically the most successful and find enjoyment in this course plan for assignments and are prepared for class each day. Procrastination, completing assignments at the last minute, or not following through with group members on assignments not only affect one's grade but are signs of underdeveloped leadership skills.
In this class, the hope is to have an environment that is accepting, tolerant, safe, and welcoming to all. Should you need help in any part of the course, if there is an obstacle that is preventing you from being successful, or if you are in need of any special accommodations please reach out to me, Bryan Justin Marks, for assistance. Because the class will represent a diversity of individual beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences, every member of this class is asked to please show respect for every other member of this class and I challenge you to think beyond what you know and experience what others know.
Required TextbooksThe 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the person others want to follow-John C. Maxwell The Other Wes Moore-Wes Moore
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