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Modesto Junior College

Student Leadership Class (SOCSC 58)

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

-Comprehend how leadership applies to you and what leadership tools can assist you in developing as a leader.

Classroom Environment

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 Textbooks

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the person others want to follow-John C. Maxwell
The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs to Know-John C. Maxwell
The Knight in Rusty Armor-Robert Fisher
Spring 2017 Syllabus
In Class Videos
January 9, 2017 Ignore the Hates (First Viewing)
January 11, 2017 The Only Disability is a Bad Attitude
January 16, 2017 No Class/No Video
January 18, 2017 Change Your Attitude
January 23, 2017 Invest In Yourself
January 25, 2017 Never Give Up
January 30, 2017 The Winning Mentality
February 1, 2017 No Class/No Video
February 6, 2017 Why Do We Fall
February 8, 2017 Ignore the Haters (Second Viewing)
February 13, 2017 Who Do You Want to Be?
February 15, 2017 What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?
February 20, 2017 No Class/No Video
February 22, 2017 No Class/No Video
February 27, 2017 Eric Thomas
March 1, 2017 Pearl Harbor Speech 
March 6, 2017 Jim Carey Speech
March 8, 2017 Ignore the Haters (3rd Viewing)
March 13, 2017 No Video
March 15, 2017 Jake Olson
March 20, 2017 No Excuses 
March 22, 2017 Rocky Balboa Speech
March 27, 2017 How Bad Do You Want It
March 29, 2017 The Death Crawl
April 3, 2017 The Longest Yard
April 5, 2017 Coach Carter
April 10, 2017 Ignore the Haters (4th Viewing)
April 12, 2017 Leading With Lollipops
April 17, 2017 Simon Sinek
April 19, 2017 Remember The Titans


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