Course Catalog

Golden Gate University offers degree and certificate programs at three teaching centers and online.

NUMBER COURSE TITLE
OLHS 110
Emotional and Social Intelligence At Work

3 Unit(s)

This course develops the student's understanding of the primary and secondary components of emotional and social intelligence and how they are applied in the workplace and in professional relationships within a variety of organizational contexts (including private, public, nonprofit, and military contexts). Students explore the origins of emotional and social intelligence, as well as the importance of exercising workplace emotional and social intelligence within and beyond organizational settings. Students identify their own levels of emotional and social intelligence and learn how they can further develop and apply this intelligence in a variety of business and non-business contexts. Specific applications are made to workplace relationships, communication, team collaboration, diversity, managing conflict, and leadership. Prerequisite: ENGL 1A Corequisite: ENGL 1B

View Course Sections: Spring 2022 , Fall 2021 , Summer 2021

OLHS 111
Engagement, Thriving, and Well-Being in Organizations

3 Unit(s)

This course explores the importance of workplace engagement and how engagement is connected to and informs morale, the ability to thrive, and overall individual and team performance within a variety of organizational contexts (including private, public, nonprofit, and military contexts). Students identify the factors and conditions that are necessary to build and sustain engagement. The topics of applying strengths, making a contribution, professional development, autonomy and problem solving, recognition, and meaning and purpose in one's work are explored. The significance of work and the workplace are also explored, as well as insights about the leadership and management practices that enhance and support engagement, thriving and the well-being of people in organizations. Prerequisite: OLHS 110

View Course Sections: Spring 2022 , Fall 2021 , Summer 2021

OLHS 112
Building and Sustaining Team Cohesiveness

3 Unit(s)

This course develops an understanding of the dynamics of team cohesiveness and relationships between team cohesiveness, performance and results. Students will apply methods and assessments evaluating team performance, research, and practitioner-based practices; these assessments focus on comprehending how critical phases of team development and management, including trust building, mastering conflict, building commitment, and peer-to-per accountability, contribute to achieving results. Students will also learn methods for creating a team environment that promotes and supports positive behaviors and strengthens the overall performance of the organization. Prerequisite(s): OLHS 110. Corequisite(s): ENGL 1B.

View Course Sections: Spring 2022

OLHS 113
Managing Conflict and Crucial Conversations

3 Unit(s)

This course explores the how conflict can be framed, understood, addressed, and managed within organizational settings. This includes building a perspective of conflict as an opportunity to build clarity, understanding, and alignment between people, within teams, and organizations. Students will also learn how to conduct or hold crucial conversations in a situation characterized by conflict, misunderstanding, and mistrust. Students will explore approaches to conflict that are relational, organizational, and ideological. This will include understanding how conflict is viewed and experienced within people, different organizational cultures, and across cultural boundaries. Prerequisite(s): OLHS 110. Corequisite(s): ENGL 1B.

View Course Sections: Spring 2022

OLHS 114
Leading Effectively Through People, Teams, and Organizations

3 Unit(s)

This course explores the importance of leading others using influence and persuasion in a variety of settings and positions within organizations. Students will gain strategies, tools, and resources for how to influence others to move toward a common goal or shared objective. This course will examine selected leadership approaches as well as explore the importance of motivation, empowerment, credibility, building engagement, morale, and trust between leaders and followers and between and amongst followers. This course will provide an understanding of how to practice leading and leadership, in both formal and informal settings, that is based on the needs of those who are being lead and the needs of the larger team, department, organization, and community. Prerequisite: OLHS 110

View Course Sections: Spring 2022 , Fall 2021 , Summer 2021

OLHS 115
Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations

3 Unit(s)

This course explores the meaning of diversity and inclusion and how both impact people's sense of meaning and belonging within organizational settings. This course examines how practices, behaviors and policies related to diversity and inclusion influence performance, and work to create values and norms within organizational cultures. Students will gain an understanding of how current issues of diversity and inclusion are experienced within communities and how organizations can leverage comprehensive diversity initiatives to build and sustain a competitive advantage. Special attention is directed toward understanding inclusivity and how it is experienced by members of various groups within communities. Diversity and inclusivity will be examined from a local, national and global perspective. Prerequisite(s): OLHS 110. Corequisite(s): ENGL 1B.

View Course Sections: Spring 2022 , Fall 2021 , Summer 2021

OLHS 116
Innovation and Creativity in Organizations

3 Unit(s)

In this course, students will understand the value of innovation, creativity, and design thinking in organizations and how to approach their work and the work of the organization using their own creative potential to design innovative solutions to the challenges they face. Students will explore skills in problem solving, management, and critical thinking to learn new ways of perceiving and tackling challenges. Students will become familiar with the principals of design thinking and how to apply these principles into professional and personal situations and dilemmas within and beyond organizations. Today's business ecosystems are heavily influenced by innovative and nimble organizations. The stereotypical picture of innovation in the modern economy is that of the small, startup company ready to jump at new opportunities; however, established companies can also provide a breeding ground for disruptive innovations while also providing a critical infrastructure to help new ideas grow and thrive. This course will develop the skills to nurture entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, and creativity in any organizational environment. By completing the course, students will gain the ability to recognize when an organization can benefit from these skills and will teach students how to use them to create the innovations needed for an organization to succeed. Prerequisite: OLHS 110

View Course Sections: Spring 2022 , Fall 2021

OLHS 117
Adaptability and Agility in a Disruptive World

3 Unit(s)

This course explores how change, as experienced through volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, impacts employees, organizations, and the global community. Special focus will be on the impact of rapid and unpredictable change and the importance of building adaptive capacity to more effectively navigate that change within and beyond organizations. Students will understand how to approach complexity and how to be receptive and open to new, unpredictable, and evolving outcomes and connections that can impact organizations and those who work within them. Prerequisite(s): OLHS 110.

View Course Sections: Spring 2022 , Summer 2021

OLHS 118
Leadership and Transformation Through Relationships and Communities

3 Unit(s)

This course focuses on the role and responsibility of leaders as servants to strengthen and empower people, organizations, and communities. Whether formal or informal leaders, the servant leader leads and influences in ways that encourages others to bring themselves holistically to their respective work responsibilities as well as into their communities. This course will define how the primary work of the servant leader is to equip others so that they themselves are able to engage in servant leadership wherever they find themselves within or beyond the organization. As the capstone course for the OLHS degree, this course emphasizes that the role of any leader at any level in any organization is to model a servant leadership approach that advances organizational performance while it also address the importance of the servant leader's connections to their communities in ways that heal, restore, and empower communities. Prerequisite: OLSH 110. Corequisite: ENGL 1B.

View Course Sections: Fall 2021 , Summer 2021

OLHS 199
Directed Study in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development

13 Unit(s)

Individual study of a selected topic under the supervision of a faculty member. Students are limited to one directed study course per semester. Prerequisite: Consent of the department.