The Faculty of Human Sciences of Saint Paul University offers an interdisciplinary graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. The Senate of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa confer the degree jointly.
This degree integrates the spiritual, ethical and transformational dimensions of leadership. It is designed to build leadership capacity for enabling the social, cultural and systemic change required for meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
The Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality program is pending approval by the Council of Ontario Universities
To be considered for admission, applicants must:
The requirements of the MA program in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality include successful completion of 39 credits of coursework that includes a major research paper (HUM5999).
Compulsory Courses ( 21 credits)
Practicums (9 credits)
Research (3 credits)
Optional Courses (6 credits)
Under exceptional circumstances, students may select an optional course from another graduate program with permission of both the Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality program director and the director of the other program.
The residence requirement for students admitted on a fulltime-basis is three terms. Part-time students are exempted from this requirement.
The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses are withdrawn from the program.
Duration of the program
Students are expected to complete all requirements within two years of full-time study. The maximum time permitted, whether full- or part-time, is four years from the date of initial registration in the program.
Overview of current literature on the theories, practices and approaches to leadership. Exploration of definitions and the dynamics of transformative learning and their implications for the development of effective leadership.
Examination of research methods and findings in the field of leadership and spirituality. Critical assessment of the frameworks and orientations of methods and their practical applications.
Study of the interrelationship of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in the context of what it means to be human. Focus on the challenges that this poses for ethical action in the contemporary global context. Explores current issues in dialogue with Catholic social teaching and other relevant sources.
Study of Indigenous spiritualties and approaches for inclusive and connected practices of leadership. Examination of the spirituality-based knowledge of Indigenous peoples, including their philosophies, worldviews, sacred ways of knowing and modes of relationship to the natural world.
Reflecting on deep connections between ecological crises and lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, who we are as human beings and our relationships with the natural world. Implications for transformative leadership and ecological crisis.
Study of the creative connections between women, spirituality and transformative leadership. Biographies of women as transformative leaders. Shifts to new framings about how we think about human society and our collective beliefs, practices and policies. Exploration of how new framings can be put into action for positive social change.
Study of approaches and methods of spirituality as a fundamental experience of lived faith and values for individuals and communities. Learning to lead from an articulated understanding of spirituality consistent with the student’s personally-defined values and the values of the organization in which the student works. The impact of spirituality on the student leader’s’ identity and practice.
Theoretical perspectives of group dynamics and the development of skills for group facilitation and team leadership, interpersonal communication, and self-understanding in a team context. Methodologies, learning styles, growth processes and approaches tailored to the needs of various groups and settings.
Theoretical frameworks of learning communities that underline systemic and social change. Emphasis on use of language, feedback, vision, inspiration, influence, and creativity as tools for positive change.
Practice of leadership in a local organization with regular input from an onsite mentor. Introduction to the methods and skills of reflective practice; creation of a learning agreement; professional ethics; structured individual and group reflection and mentoring relationships. Cognitive, behavioural, motivational, ethical, emotional and spiritual elements that are embedded in students’ leadership practices.
Prerequisite : HUM 5101 Leadership Theory, Practices and Approaches.
Building on the work of Practicum I, practice of leadership in a local organization with regular input from an onsite mentor. Methods and skills of reflective practice are strengthened for observing and analysing assumptions and issues in student’s practice.
Prerequisite: HUM 5301 Practicing Leadership and Professional Ethics: Practicum I.
Building on previous learning in collaboration with the onsite mentor and practicum professor, students identify specific learning goals emerging from Practicing Leadership I and develop and evaluate action plans to enhance their leadership abilities. Leadership skills that serve transformative processes are emphasized.
Prerequisites: HUM 5301 Practicing Leadership and Professional Ethics: Practicum I.
A graduate level research paper where students demonstrate their ability to critique and integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired into a reflective and responsible practice of transformative leadership.
The implications for leadership practice of psychological theories for individual and community dynamics. Impact on competencies, cognitive processes, emotions, behaviours, spirituality, and values. Psychological perspectives on the leader’s practice, role and identity.
Explores secular and religious worldviews considering their formative nature on the development of leadership and communities. Analysis of social milieu, cultural perspectives, social and cultural change and the impact of global issues with reference to Catholic social teaching, socio-historical structures.
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