University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2017

Course Description
This is a course about learning to use power and influence as effective tools for both understanding your surroundings and achieving your goals. It is a course about getting things done in the real world, where politics and personalities can often seem to hinder rather than help you. It is a course for those of you who want to make things happen, despite the obstacles that might stand in your way.

The course will presents conceptual models, tactical approaches, and self-assessment tools to help you understand political dynamics as they unfold around you and develop your own influence style. By focusing on specific expressions of power and influence, this course gives you the opportunity to observe their effective—and ineffective—uses in different contexts and stages of a person’s career. This subject matter will introduce difficult ethical questions. By design, this course should challenge you to define for yourself what will constitute the ethical exercise of power and influence in your life.

The objectives of the course are:

-Help you develop a conceptual framework for understanding power and influence. You should be able to define power and influence around you and begin to appreciate how essential they are for your own career and success.

-Identify critical sources of political conflict in organizations and societies, in order to learn to ameliorate or harness them to produce constructive outcomes for you.

-Practice diagnostic skills that will enable you to map out the political landscape, understand others’ perspectives, and learn to predict their actions.

- Assess your own power bases and influence style, and consider strategies for expanding them. Begin to build a repertoire of influence tactics so you will be effective in a variety of contexts and situations.

-Develop your own strategy for developing and exercising power and influence ethically and responsibly in your career.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 10-09-2017 - 10-14-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
10-09-2017 - 10-12-2017   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
10-13-2017 - 10-13-2017   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
10-14-2017 - 10-14-2017   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: 40% Class Participation, 60% take home exam/Short paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None