SSCI 365

Leadership in Organizations and Public Life

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 8, 2019 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Students gain experience in applied social science while working as an intern in a non-profit or community-based organization, the public sector, or a social action group. Prior to registering, students meet with the instructor to select their specific internship project. Students supplement their specific field experience with participation in the group internship seminar which meets five times during the semester. Through this combination of extensive community-based experience and guided reading, writing and analysis, students develop their ability to integrate social science theory with community-based experience.

Learning outcomes


  • Can critically explore and clearly present an issue, theme or set of concepts that arise from the internship experience at an upper division college level.
  • Is able to able to write essays that analyze and apply select social science concepts at an upper division college level.
  • Is able to critique approaches to university engagement in civic life at an upper division college level.
  • Is able to reflect on the meaning of the internship experience in relationship to future professional and civic engagement plans.
  • Knows the principles and approaches of community engagement well enough to effectively perform internship tasks and analyze the experience based on relevant social science concepts.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Summer 2020

Section Title Instructor
41 Leadership in Organizations and Public Life Pennington, Jennifer M Books Course details