Human Relations for Leaders/Leadership for Change

3 Units
San Diego
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for Department of Leadership Studies at USD Participants Only

This course utilizes an active learning model that encourages participants to: (1) to study and analyze the dynamic forces that influence the life of groups and organizations; (2) to consider aspects of our personal and organizational lives that are not normally within our awareness; and (3) to examine how these beneath- the-surface assumptions, frameworks, defense mechanisms, and habits (especially those related to authority) have an active influence on much of what we do.

The primary method used for this course is based on the premise that learning about human relations leadership, authority, and organizational dynamics can best be accomplished by experiencing and reflecting on these realities in a direct, immediate and personal way. The course also incorporates elements of more traditional pedagogical approaches including lectures, seminars, readings and an analytical paper. Students will have multiple opportunities to interact with the course instructor as well as professionals from a variety of backgrounds who will assist with the work as it unfolds.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours.

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for psychologists, counselors, executive coaches, HR professionals, managers and leaders in non-profit and corporate sectors. 

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What You Will Learn

  • Understand leadership as a complex process (not a position) that involves self-awareness and presence, and includes engaging effectively with other people and mobilizing groups, and recognize instances when it is being exercised in real time
  • Recognize that there are different levels (individual, group, and organization) that exist within a larger system
  • Identify and evaluate their own key habitual roles, social identities, assumptions and behaviors related to the exercise of leadership and authority
  • Articulate an awareness of their relationships with others, and demonstrate understanding and empathy across differences (levels of authority, social identity, personality, style, and approaches)
  • Analyze and reflect upon the dynamic forces that influence the life of groups and organizations, including those that are intentional and conscious as well as those that are unintended and less conscious


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Learning Method Information

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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.