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Leadership Electives

Gain credits in leadership with our Arts electives! INT D 135 and 301 are open to all UAlberta students (applying to PLLC’s certificate program is optional).

This course uses various media genres to explore both dominant understandings of leadership as well as shifts in those understandings. Exploring film, stage, television, and video games, we will analyze the way that popular culture is both informed by, and informs, popular theories and public understanding of leadership. Situating content within its historical and sociopolitical context, we will analyze how various texts inform public understandings of what a leader looks like, how they should act, and what is at stake in following them.

No pre-requisites required for this class. See the next available section and enrol on Beartracks.

Foundations of Leadership (INT D 301)

What does it take to lead? Foundations of Leadership will cover the theory and practice of leadership through case studies, innovative assignments and experiential activities. Work alongside students from across campus to explore social issues through interdisciplinary knowledge.

Pre-requisite for this class is completing ★24 credits (typically one year of post-secondary classes). After taking INT D 301, students can select from our remaining electives according to their interest and availability. See the next available section and enrol on Beartracks.

See how the digital versions of this class were planned in Dr. Stasia’s Getting Ready for Fall 2020 video on YouTube!

Leadership for Social Innovation (INT D 306)

Have you ever wondered what a wicked problem is? Are you interested in finding creative, ecological approaches to making a difference? Wondering where to start? In this course, you will explore the concept of wicked problems, and research socially innovative ideas to solve them using an approach called ecological leadership. You will hear from those who have been effective in turning a seed of an idea into an innovative solution. You will learn these skills: how to research an innovative idea, develop an effective proposal, and pitch that idea.  

INT D 306 is a co-requisite with INT D 301, so you can take them in the same semester. Visit Beartracks for course availability.

View the full PLLC course descriptions.

PLLC Certificate Program

Join a welcoming community of aspiring leaders and current change-makers at the U of A. PLLC’s Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies program includes leadership development alongside students from across campus, mentorship, access to scholarships and awards, and the chance to make your mark with a leadership passion-project known as a Stretch Experience (with up to $5,000 in funding!). Find your people and enhance your UAlberta degree as a PLLC scholar!

Program Components

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Program Requirements

Students can apply to PLLC’s certificate program before or after taking the pre-requisite class, INT D 301. Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Students must be current University of Alberta undergraduate students or transfer students who have been accepted into a degree program. After-degree students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are only eligible for the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies with the permission of their faculty.
  • Normally have completed a minimum of ★24 credits toward their current degree.
  • While the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies GPA requirement is satisfactory academic standing, a competitive GPA to enter PLLC is 3.0.

It is important to seek advice from your advisor to ensure that the certificate can be completed within the constraints of your degree program. Please ensure that you meet with an advisor in your Faculty to determine if/how the PLLC courses and stretch experience might fit.

Visit our website for full details on the program and how to apply:

The Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies is not accepting applications in the 2021-22 academic year while the program undergoes a redesign. Updates on the new structure will be released this upcoming spring or summer, which will include information on how to participate beginning in Fall 2022.