OGL 365 Descriptions

Summer 2020

Czech Republic Organizations

Instructor: Dave Thomas

In this course you will apply the knowledge that you acquired through your Organizational Leadership courses. Your internship site functions as a case study, experiential lab, and textbook. Most of your time will be spent at the applied site, and that experience will be made more meaningful and valuable as you complete a series of assignments that require you to apply what you have learned in your Organizational Leadership courses to your internship site.

This topic is offered as part of the Interdisciplinary Studies’ Czech Republic study abroad program. 

The Integrated Worker

Instructor: Kelly Nelson

This course focuses on the individual worker within organizations. We’ll be exploring the process of onboarding, how introversion and extroversion play out at work, organizational citizenship behavior, counterproductive workplace behavior as well as work/life balance. Each week you’ll be asked to apply what we’re learning to your own work experience.

International Organization

Instructor: Kevin Ellsworth

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the broad organizational forces and issues at play in the world: international economics, national interests, military power, nationalism, ethnicity, the environment, and human rights. We will consider international events as they unfold before our eyes and explore the grand global issues underlying those events. We will reveal a breadth of interdisciplinary perspectives and analytical tools that help make sense of our world, and we will apply those tools to contemporary cases.

Leadership, Technological Innovation & Development

Instructor: Patience Akpan

The focus is on organizations in the global South, or less developed countries (LDCs) though relevant best practices from other parts of the world are utilized to broaden the scope of the course content. The course examines different types of leadership and leadership styles in organizations and how they determine outcomes in the implementation of new technologies in organizations. 

Reinventing Organizations

Instructor: Michael Pryzdia

Explores how organizations function by analyzing in depth a specific organizational context like health care, family, education, government, community, religion or the economy.

Sports Leadership

Instructor: Bruce Oberstein

This course will examine the leadership skills used by coaches in professional and college sports to influence their teams and organizations to achieve their goals. The course will use case studies involving Team Building, Leadership, Management, and Work Ethic.

Fall 2020

Imagining NGOs

Instructor: Emily Mertz

This course will discuss the role of development NGOs (non-governmental organizations) but also how NGOs work as organizations with an emphasis on the complexity of both the internal and contextual environments in which NGOs operate.


The Integrated Worker


Instructor: Kelly Nelson

This course focuses on the individual worker within organizations. We’ll be exploring the process of onboarding, how introversion and extroversion play out at work, organizational citizenship behavior, counterproductive workplace behavior as well as work/life balance. Each week you’ll be asked to apply what we’re learning to your own work experience.


International Organization


Instructor: David Corlett

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the broad organizational forces and issues at play in the world: international economics, national interests, military power, nationalism, ethnicity, the environment, and human rights. We will consider international events as they unfold before our eyes and explore the grand global issues underlying those events. We will reveal a breadth of interdisciplinary perspectives and analytical tools that help make sense of our world, and we will apply those tools to contemporary cases.


Leaders in Film


Instructor: Stephen Davis

This online course shines a spotlight on our media-cultural landscape, examining the ways leaders are portrayed in feature films and select TV series. Films and video clips will be the main texts in this course, along with supplemental readings. Suitable for all majors.


Leadership, Technological Innovation & Development


Instructor: Patience Akpan

The focus is on organizations in the global South, or less developed countries (LDCs) though relevant best practices from other parts of the world are utilized to broaden the scope of the course content. The course examines different types of leadership and leadership styles in organizations and how they determine outcomes in the implementation of new technologies in organizations. 


Reinventing Organizations

Instructor: Michael Pryzdia

Explores how organizations function by analyzing in depth a specific organizational context like health care, family, education, government, community, religion or the economy.

Sports Leadership

Instructor: Bruce Oberstein

This course will examine the leadership skills used by coaches in professional and college sports to influence their teams and organizations to achieve their goals. The course will use case studies involving Team Building, Leadership, Management, and Work Ethic.