ALA 324 - Facilitation for Effective Leadership
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available to students who have completed UC 370-003, Facilitation for Effective Leadership (Topic #9).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course prepares students to be facilitative leaders in campus and community organizations throughout their undergraduate years at U-M and beyond. Whether students hold leadership roles on campus or in the community, serve as members in student or civic organizations, are part of study groups, or would like to expand their general repertoire of leadership skills, this course will help them learn various methods of facilitation, develop and practice effective facilitation, and acquire life-long knowledge of working with groups. Facilitation skills are some of the most important sets of competences for leaders today. These are the "process" skills we use to guide and direct key parts of our work such as conducting meetings, planning sessions, and implementing trainings and workshops. The more one knows about how to shape and run an effective learning and planning process, the more group members feel empowered to generate their own ideas, stay invested in the group, and take responsibility and ownership for the group or community.

Specifically, the skills students will gain from this course include an understanding of:

  • The impact of social identities and values in understanding and managing group dynamics that occur within a diverse group;
  • The unique interpersonal skills necessary for effective facilitation including active listening, asking questions, and receiving and giving feedback;
  • The roles of conflict resolution and empathy in facilitative leadership;
  • Techniques for meeting common challenges when facilitating diverse groups;
  • The link between facilitation, group effectiveness and learning.

This is a highly participatory setting where students will practice facilitation both in and out of class as well as engage in exercises and role plays to develop their facilitation knowledge and skills. Students in all majors and all types of leadership roles will benefit from this course.

ALA 324 - Facilitation for Effective Leadership
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001 (SEM)
Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM
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