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55 Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture

Faculty:
Lisa Chilton, Professor, Director
Joshua MacFadyen, Associate Professor
Katherine Scarth, Associate Professor
David Hickey, Assistant Professor

Overview
The Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture program explicitly connects the communication skills and leadership training of a Liberal Arts education to successful post- graduation employment. This program is defined by its focus on the transferability of the written, oral and visual communication skills, the critical thinking, and the cultural awareness acquired during a Liberal Arts education to the world beyond academia. Technical skills, work- integrated learning (internships, cooperatives, workplace-generated projects), and career- related mentoring are key components of its design.

Required courses for Major:

All of the following courses are required for a Major in Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture:

English 1010: Academic Writing
ACLC 1060: Putting Arts to Work I
ACLC 1080: Digital Literacy
University 2030: Introduction to Leadership Studies
English 2340: Public Speaking
ACLC 2090: Digital Humanities
University 3030: Leadership Theory and Practice
ACLC 3060: Putting Arts to Work II
ACLC 3080: Leadership for a Changing World
English 3810: Professional Writing
Arts 4010: Capstone Arts
English 4040: Communication and Rhetoric: Capstone Writing OR ACLC 4000: Advanced Workshop in Applied Communication
ACLC 4060: Putting Arts to Work III
ACLC 4070: Work Integrated Internship

Required courses for Minor
The minor program will require a total of 21 semester hours of program-specific courses.  All of the following courses are required for a Minor in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Communication.

ACLC 1060: Putting Arts to Work
ACLC 3060: Putting Arts to Work
ACLC 1080: Digital Literacy
AND four (4) other courses from the ACLC list of Major requirements, including one at the 4000 level.

Minor co-requisites:
English 1010: Academic Writing

APPLIED COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP, AND CULTURE COURSES

1060 PUTTING ARTS TO WORK I
This course examines the history, purpose, and uses of a Liberal Arts education, with attention to the three key areas identified in the major: communication, leadership and culture. In this course, students explore core Liberal Arts concepts-for example, language, history, and creativity-both in terms of how they are studied in the post-secondary classroom and how they are applied outside the university context. The applied part of the course focuses on community engagement, citizenship and social responsibility. Students are introduced to community-based research, participatory action research, and community service learning, as well as the use of technology to promote social change. This course is for students who would like a better understanding of Liberal Arts skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to civic engagement.
PREREQUISITE: None
3 credit hours

1080 DIGITAL LITERACY
This course enables students to develop the core competencies associated with digital literacy, which include the ability to evaluate, integrate, and communicate information safely, effectively, and ethically through the use of digital technology. Class readings, lectures, and individual assignments foster the ability to conceptualize the place of smart technology in contemporary life, stress the importance of managing identity online, and enable students to gain practical experience with different types of media, including digital storytelling, photography, videography, and data visualization, as they create and publish original content online.
PREREQUISITE: None
3 credit hours

1910 SPECIAL TOPICS
This is a uniquely titled course offered by the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at the first year level as a “special course” on a one-time basis.
3 credit hours 

2030 INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP STUDIES
(See UNIV 2030).

2090 DIGITAL HUMANITIES
Digital Humanities involves the use of computational skills, programs and applications in the gathering of evidence and data, preserving and representation of texts and other artifacts, and the use of such tools and techniques in the analysis of this evidence. Digital Humanities approaches can encompass highly sophisticated computational analysis of texts and visualization of data, or the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools to map and analyse spatial and geographical aspects of a topic. In this course students explore the tools, methods and analytical potentials associated with digital humanity studies through team-based digital humanities projects. Each year, these course outcomes will be achieved through the study of a specific thematically based subject.
PREREQUISITE: None
3 credit hours

2910 SPECIAL TOPICS
This is a uniquely titled course offered by the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at the second year level as a “special course” on a one-time basis.
3 credit hours 

3030 LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
(See UNIV 3030).

3060 PUTTING ARTS TO WORK II
Building on ACLC 1060, students develop a deeper understanding of the Liberal Arts in theoretical, historical, and contemporary concepts. Students also explore the key career areas for Liberal Arts majors, such as journalism, human resources, marketing, NGOs, Arts and Culture, Government, and Education. Drawing upon skills learned in ACLC 1060 and ACLC 1080, this research-based course examines the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a research project. Each research project explores aspects of the Liberal Arts’ intrinsic value, practical applications, social good, and/or personal benefits through a specific theme and primary text(s) of the student’s choosing. While each student designs, researches, and presents an independent research project, students are supported by peer workshopping and feedback.
PREREQUISITE: ACLC 1060 or permission of the instructor
3 credit hours

3080 LEADERSHIP FOR A CHANGING WORLD
This course introduces students to pressing global problems and to the ways that individual visionaries, governments, NGOs, and businesses have attempted to solve them. Students explore the connections between the local and the global through location-specific case studies. Topics for discussion may include: war, poverty, disease, forced migrations, and various forms of social inequality.
PREREQUISITE: None
3 credit hours

3910 SPECIAL TOPICS
This is a uniquely titled course offered by the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at the third year level as a “special course” on a one-time basis.
3 credit hours

4000 ADVANCED WORKSHOP IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION
In ACLC 4000: Advanced Workshop in Applied Communication, students draw upon previous courses and accumulated knowledge about their chosen fields of future employment to design a subject-specific set of communication products.  The purpose of this course is to provide upper-level students with an opportunity to hone the practical application of their communication skills through a workshop process. A requirement of the course will be that students use a variety of forms of communication in the presentation of their ideas and information on their chosen subjects.
PREREQUISITE: ACLC 3060 or English 2340 and English 3810
3 credit hours

4060 PUTTING ARTS TO WORK III

Following on the research skills and knowledge gained in ACLC 3060, this course guides students through the design, research, and presentation of a project with application outside the university context. Included in the course are an introduction to project management concepts and methods, with instruction on the process of developing a business plan, and an introduction to some of the fundamental techniques of modern marketing. Liberal arts skills and knowledge as well as case studies from related fields, such as arts and culture, heritage, journalism, politics, community organizations, are highlighted. For this applied, experiential project, students are expected to choose a topic on which they have already done considerable theoretical, critical, and/or research work (e.g., a substantial assignment in a previous course).
PREREQUISITE: ACLC 3060 or permission of the instructor
3 credit hours

4070 WORK INTEGRATED PRACTICUM
In this course theory and professional practice are combined. Students work in an approved agency or professional workplace for a total of 40 hours. This capstone experience provides students with an opportunity to integrate essential and advanced skills in a field related to their future career interests. While students engage this practicum/workplace project on their own, all projects are presented in a public forum.
PREREQUISITE: ACLC/UNIV 3030 and permission of the instructor
3 credit hours

4910 SPECIAL TOPICS
This is a uniquely titled course offered by the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at the fourth year level as a “special course” on a one-time basis.
3 credit hours

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