Interested in exploring the process of “community development?” The Bachelor of Sciences in Community and Leadership Development is an interdisciplinary program that prepares you to explore community development through a broad spectrum of social sciences. You will be able to strengthen the abilities of individuals, organizations, and communities to act upon their shared visions, goals and challenges.
With this degree, you will have skills and knowledge to develop and/or lead communities and organizations, non-profit, business and industry, and advocacy groups.
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This course explores how communities of place and interest influence our lives and how these different types of communities are related to the media and leadership. Introduces the intellectual frameworks underlying this field as well as the types of research and outreach done by faculty.
An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.
This course will explore the inextricable link between community and communication by examining the social structure of communities and the media residing within them. Particular emphasis will be placed on the availability of information to citizens and in turn how this information environment facilitates/thwarts social interaction.
This course is designed to provide a foundation for individuals to get to know themselves better in the context of leadership. Examination of effective leader characteristics, personality traits, motivation, personal leadership vision, and other concepts will encourage students to develop a better understanding of their own leadership skills and perspectives. In addition, students will determine their own personality style, and learn how to best use this style when leading others. Ultimately, this type of intrapersonal knowledge will serve as the building block for deeper exploration into the field of leadership.
This course introduces the social science concept of community. The focus will be on definitions of community, community basics and the different types of communities that exist in society. Students will explore the development of community as defined by place and interest, structure and function. Finally, students will begin developing a theory to practice mentality by gathering and analyzing information about real communities that represent different types of community (i.e. place, practice and interest).
This course will familiarize students with research concepts, methods, and skills used in community and organizational development and communication. The course focuses on applied research topics such as secondary data analysis, survey design, focus groups, key informant interviews and content analysis. In addition, the course considers the politics of information and ethical concerns in social research. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.
Learning in Society is designed to assist students in identifying and evaluating human learning and development within various social contexts. This course focuses on the impact social interactions have on human cognition, emotion and identity. Theoretical foundations for this course include social learning, social integration, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, systems psychology, and identity development.
This course illustrates the role of social theories and research. More importantly, it addresses the question, How do we apply theory to guide our understanding of the world around us? Students will study theories common to multiple social science contexts (communications, leadership, community, and education) and following critical analysis, describe how they are applied within various situations. Students will be expected to integrate the theories into a personal holistic viewpoint that affects their lives.
Supervised experience in businesses, agencies, or government. Required of all Community and Leadership Development majors. May include observation, participation, experience, field trips, inspection of programs, and professional organizations.
One of the two senior capstone courses in Community and Leadership Development. Students will learn to integrate theories common to multiple social science contexts. Following critical analyses, students will learn to describe how these theories are applied within various situations. Presentations and applied research papers will be significant course components.
This is a cooperative educational program between the Community and Leadership Development majors at the University of Kentucky and approved employers who furnish facilities and instructor that help students acquire the skills and knowledge required in their chosen field. Ultimately, this is a dually beneficial relationship; stakeholder relations are improved while students have an opportunity to build relationships/networks that could encourage future career development. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.
You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to integrate communications,sociology, journalism, and community development theories and apply them to real-world situations involving local communities and agricultural organizations.The major focuses on such skills as written and oral communication; strategic problem solving; critical thinking; understanding of group, organizational, and community dynamics; and ethical decision making.
You will be able to chose one from four of the following concentration areas:
The department also offers a Master’s Degree emphasizing the above areas, utilizing a unique theory-to-practice perspective.
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