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Outdoor Leadership Studies Curriculum

 

Finding a curriculum that will prepare you for a leadership position in the field outdoor adventure education and teaches leadership effectively is critical. Finding a curriculum with something to say presents another problem.

We believe that a quality leadership curriculum offers more than rote memorization and exams. It must provide opportunities to practice and have an integrated curricular frame work. All of our courses combine theory with practice and many require some type of service learning that gets you out into the field leading. Moreover, students are required to complete a specific Action Learning experience in a non-profit, governmental or corporate setting accompanied by focused reflection.

In the classroom, we can teach you about leadership, and help you to develop some essential skills that are critical to effective leadership. However, you must be in leadership positions to really learn what it is about, what works and what does not. To be most effective, experience needs guidance, reflection, contemplation and the exchange of learning with others.

Mission

The Warren Wilson College Outdoor Leadership Studies program is committed to achieving the highest standards of teaching, service, and research to enable students to gain knowledge, values, and specific skills which will enable them to respond to and shape their future opportunities and circumstances.

To develop leaders who understand the moral responsibilities of leadership and are prepared to exercise leadership in service to the world.

Vision

Warren Wilson College will continue to be a national and international center for excellence in the education of people who want to understand and undertake leadership roles in the fields of outdoor and environmental education.

Program Philosophy

Effective leadership education is built on three pillars: a broad liberal arts education, specialized education in leadership theory, and experience in leadership positions.

A solid grounding in history, philosophy, and the behavioral sciences and communication provide future leaders with the skills, perspective, and flexibility to adapt to new roles that they must confront in the future. Specialized education in outdoor leadership theory and practice focuses learning's from the liberal arts and provides a proving-ground for the development of values.

Experience provides the opportunity for ideas to come alive and for deep understanding to develop.

Personal: Relationship With Self

PSY 100- Introduction to Psychology
ODL 350 Trip Leader Practicum
ODL 310- Leadership for Adventure Education
PED 109-127- Introductory skill courses(i.e. winter camping, rock climbing, kayaking)
ODL 315- Group Process

Interpersonal: Relationship/Interactions With Others

ODL 225 Universal Adventure Programming
SOW 300 Human Behavior in Social Environments
PSY 326- Theories & Techniques in Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSY 100- Introduction to Psychology
PSY 317- Health Psychology
ODL 315- Group Process

Ethical: Moral Responsibilities Of Leadership

ODL 110- History/Philosophy/Adv. Educ..
ODL 220- Wilderness First Responder
ODL 310- Leadership for Adventure Education
ODL 350- Trip Leader Practicum
ODL 215- Initiatives for Adventure Programs

Social: Leadership In Service To Society

PSY 326- Theories & Techniques in Counseling & Psychotherapy
ODL 220- Wilderness First Responder
ODL 350- Trip Leader Practicum
PED 116- Life Guarding
ODL 315- Group Process
ODL 225- Universal Adventure Programing

Managerial: Accomplishing Jobs/Goals With And Through Others

ODL 310- Leadership for Adventure Education
ODL 315- Group Process
ODL 320- Program Planning and Design
ODL 310- Leadership for Adventure Programs
ODL 410- Administration and Management of Adv. Programs
ODL 490- Special topics in Outdoor Leadership
ODL 485- Internship

Organizational: Training, Problem Solving Planning, Building Teams, Networking

ODL 350- Trip Leader Practicum
ODL 215- Initiatives for Adventure Programs
ODL 310- Leadership for Adventure Education
ODL 320- Program Planning and Design
ODL 315- Group Process
ODL 322- Challenge Course Facilitation and Mgmt.
ODL 410- Administration and Management of Adv. Programs
ODL 490- Special Topics in Outdoor Leadership
PSY 326- Theories & Techniques in Counseling & Psychotherapy
ODL 485- Internship

Environmental: Natural Systems Dynamics And Environmental Stewardship.

ENS 116 Intro to Env. Studies

At least four credit hours from the following courses: *

PHY 111 Physical Science
PHY 118 Contemp. Astronomy
PHY 251 Physics
BIO 116 General Biology
BIO 102 Field Natural Hist.
BIO 113 Ornithology
BIO 341 Plant Taxomony
ENS 233 Forest Biology
ENS 230 Geology

* Or another faculty approved science course.