Leading Social Change (UNST 242)


This course introduces the Leading Social Change cluster. This course will provide a foundation for understanding social change through both explorations of personal identity as well as historical, social, and political contexts.  Participants will have opportunities for practice, application, and documentation of leadership, and reflection on individual responsibility for and potential in leadership roles. Students will explore concepts of leadership, collaboration, civic engagement, and social justice. This course is a community-based learning course in which students will work on an issue facing their community and use that work to inform their analysis of leadership and social change.


The Leading Social Change cluster explores how to create change in society through everyday acts of leadership. Students will explore elements of leadership such as identity, politics, and culture, and apply this knowledge to a range of social issues in a variety of social contexts where individual or community leadership is required. Through discussion of the implicit and explicit values that guide leaders, and the exploration of various sociocultural contexts and issues, the cluster recognizes that everyone possesses the capacity for leadership. The cluster is ideal both for students who are interested in learning more about how leaders affect the world and who seek to explore leadership and develop their own leadership skills.

Featured Pathways



  • Civic Leadership
  • Communication
  • Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Real Estate Development
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Urban Development

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Leading Social Change Cluster Courses

Leading Social Change Learning Outcomes

Cluster Coordinator: 
Peter Chaille Ph.D., Instructor of Public Administration
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URBN 670-A
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