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Back by popular demand! ILEC 8900 "The Leadership and Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse"

Coming in Spring 2015 to a classroom near you: The Leadership and Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. In this course you will learn to be challenged to think about the more philosophical theories of life, death, and the undead. Is it ethically or morally okay to kill a zombie? The class will use popular culture examples to discuss and frame prominent theorists in the fields of bioethics and environmental ethics. While the zombie apocalypse is a fictional scenario, real crisis situations happen everyday, and a lot can be gained from studying the leadership qualities it takes to be a crisis management leader.

Testimonials for Spring 2014 "The Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse"

Emmie Leigh Trull, American Studies Graduate Student, Kennesaw State University, shares her thoughts on the Siegel Institute's "The Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" class

"The Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" class has been incredibly informative to include into my graduate coursework. I have learned many life skills already just from participating in this class for the first half of the semester. Not only are we learning about zombie popular culture, but we are learning how to deal with crisis situations and leadership roles. Much like in a zombie apocalypse, leadership is needed in a crisis situation. The Zombie effect just makes it more interesting! If you enjoy zombies, or even if you are like me and don't care for them, I would encourage you to enroll in this class!

Andre Forbes, KSU staff member and graduate student, shares his thoughts on "The Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" class

Hands down my most enjoyable course of the semester is "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse." I tell my friends I'm taking a zombie course and they question what their tax dollars are going towards. I let them know we are creating people who can lead and survive in a crisis situation, and who understand the ethical, moral, and rationale behind the behaviors of individuals and groups in situations where all has gone to hell. With a group diverse in background, culture, and age, the classroom becomes a groupthink session where you are constantly learning. Dr. Johnston brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and experience to the course, and her lessons continually enlighten students.

Adam Tilley, KSU staff member and graduate student, also shares his thoughts about ILEC 8900 "The Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse"

The class is very discussion focused, combined with a good amount of research by the teacher and students. The more someone is willing to give to the course and their classmates, the more they will take away. I have learned a lot from this class and it is the first class I have actually looked forward to attending every week in a long time...I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in leadership and/or ethics. It has honestly been one of the best, most informative, and most enjoyable classes I have had.


Certificate in Leadership and Ethics courses:

ILEC 8800/0l, Foundations of Ethics is an ONLINE course that provides students a foundational understanding of ethics, and teaches the students how to rigorously apply the tools of logic and ethical theory to real-world problems. Using four main texts and a series of supplemental readings, students will gain experience in thinking and writing critically about ethics in both abstract and applied contexts. The course begins with an examination of the major ethical theories in Western analytical moral philosophy (consequence-based ethics, rule-based ethics, virtue-based ethics), and gives the student the opportunity to look at specific ethical dilemmas through different theoretical lenses. The course then gives the student an opportunity to contextualize ethical theories within the socio-political culture of a community and then apply ethical theory to specific issues in politics, business, and technology.
ILEC 8810/0l, Foundations of Leadership is an ONLINE course designed for students in all disciplines of study. It will help you understand your leadership style relative to established and emerging leadership theory. This knowledge will not only give you better insight to your own abilities, but it will enhance your leadership effectiveness. The emphasis on real-world case studies takes the philosophical theory into the applicable realm, making it useful for all future careers.

ILEC 8850/0l, Ethical Leadership in a Global Context is an ONLINE course that focuses on the challenges of practicing ethically sound leadership in a diverse world.  Students will emerge from this course with a greater understanding of self, others, and the global environment by learning to understand and work with other cultural values, major world religions, and operative moral codes. 

ILEC 8900/01, Special TopicsThe Ethics of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.  Coming this Spring to a classroom near you, this course will challenge you to think about the more philosophical theories of life, death, and the undead. Is it ethically or morally okay to kill a zombie if it means your own survival? The class will use popular culture examples to discuss and frame prominent theorists in the fields of bioethics and environmental ethics. While the zombie apocalypse is a fictional scenario, real crisis situations happen every day.  We will be studying the leadership qualities and ethical principles it takes to be a crisis management leader.

ILEC 8910/0l, Technology and Ethics is a HYBRID course that examines the ethical impact of changes in technology on business and society in the area of medicine, scientific research, information technology, the environment, and other cutting edge technologies. By using current hot topic issues in the ever evolving world of technology, this course keeps you on top of the news and provides new ways to view and debate the issues at hand. At least three on-campus meetings will be required with the majority of the coursework being completed remotely.

ILEC 8920/01, Current Issues in Leadership and Ethics is a leadership development course that is designed to enhance the personal and professional growth of future professionals in all disciplines.  Students will enhance their leadership skills in the areas of team building, decision-making, and community awareness.  The course includes dynamic speakers, meetings with top organizations, and experiential activities that focus on developing ethical leadership abilities.  The course will meet on eight Fridays during Spring semester. 

ILEC 8930/01, Leadership and Ethics Abroad is a course that focuses on a human paradigm of leadership – the ability to connect with people you work with, to create an ethical culture in the workplace, and to engage and motivate employees appealing to their strengths and passions.  It will answer questions such as ‘How do you get beyond solving problems to creating possibilities?,’ ‘How does one deal with conflict within an international organization?’ and ‘How can a leader generate true commitment vs. weak compliance?’

ILEC 8940/01, Directed Study in Leadership and Ethics. Do you have a specific leadership or ethics topic you would like to study in more depth? The directed study option allows you to study a specific issue that sparks your interest in more depth than the formal course options. The course will focus on combining a student's ability to use critical thinking, knowledge, and the collaborative skills of leadership and ethics to develop and implement a project designed to promote ethical leadership in selected local and global communities. This course is only open for students who have completed both ILEC 8800 and ILEC 8810. Interested in learning more about a directed study? Email Siegel Institute Executive Director, Linda Johnston at ljohnst9@kennesaw.edu.

ILEC 8980/0l, Leading and Shaping an Ethical Culture is an in-person course designed for students in all disciplines of study. This course will focus on assessing and building an ethical culture within an organization or community.  Instruction includes methods for measuring the ethical culture of an organization or community and diagnosing problems; risk analysis; best practices in compliance and ethics; how to recognize, analyze, and address ethical issues; and the study of the related legal implications.

And new for Spring 2015, cross-listed MGT 8970, Ethical Managerial Decision Making. Managers make tough decisions every day. This course examines a variety of ethical foundations and theories that underlie managerial decision making, and asks participants to relate the material to their own experiences in the business world. This course will explore the responsibility of the business corporation to individuals and society. Corporations have proven to be prolific generators of wealth. The critical questions for the corporation are: "Is good ethics good business?" and "Is good corporate citizenship good business?" The last section of the course will consist of a seminar inspired by Dr. Mary C. Gentile's "Giving Voice to Values" curriculum.




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