The program grants a deepening of knowledge and insights into the field of value-based leadership and the psychological and community aspects that go along with it. The specialization Leadership consists mainly of two courses (Leadership I and II), an internship, and the writing of a Master's thesis, supported by some other courses, such as Research Skills, Hermeneutics, and an elective.
In Leadership I we learn to look at ideological and business organizations as human enterprises motivated and driven by sets of values. Hence, excellence of leadership is investigated as the ability to detect, understand, and nurture communal and individual value systems for the benefit of the organization. Literature regarding human values, virtues, spirituality, and instrumental rationality will be read and extensively discussed. A paper will be written on the topic of ‘leadership, transformation of values and moral space within Dutch organisational setting.’
In Leadership II focus is laid on the person of the leader as a balanced self, that is: in accordance with his/her own (spiritual) life and the community he or she serves. Using contemporary psychological models of leadership and practical theological models of community building, critical reflections will be done on case materials. The student describes his/her own leadership profile, interviews a leader of his or her own choice, and analyzes an ego-document of a leader.
Students are equipped to demonstrate excellence and entrepreneurship in societal organizations, in schooling and education, in non-profit organizations, in Churches and para-Church organizations, and in the world of business.
In the module on hermeneutics you will be taught philosophical hermeneutics, which is one of pillars in the methodology of theology and religious studies. ‘Research Skills’ will deepen your understanding of methodology. In this course you will also be trained in the philosophy of science, argumentation, and you will write your thesis proposal. Directly after ‘Research Skills’ you will start writing your thesis and do your internship at the same time. This can be an internship in an organization or company, but you can also do a research internship within the faculty of theology itself. The ‘master seminar’ is an integral part of the whole second semester. During your internship and writing your thesis, you will be coached and supervised within the ‘master seminar’.
In any field of keen human interest skillful leadership is crucial. Therefore career prospects envisaged are broad: positions of responsibility and entrepreneurship in societal organizations and movements, in politics, in schooling and education, in non-profit organizations, in Churches and other Christian organizations, and in the world of business.
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