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General Course Information for EDA636: Political and Social Influence

Course: EDA636 - Political and Social Influence
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Course Description:

Examining political, societal, economic, legal, and cultural influences on schools. Providing team leadership for effective communication with key school-community decision-makers. For candidates in MS in Applied School Leadership program only.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze and apply the legal framework in which school districts operate and the legal issues faced by school administrators.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of education codes/ regulations, school board policies, court decisions, and relevant case law.
  • Apply case law to issues faced by practicing school administrators (i.e., pupil and parent rights, school attendance, suspension and expulsion, search and seizure, student records, personnel certification, employment and tenure, employee dismissal, employee/employer relations, sexual harassment, contract administration, school hours, curriculum mandates, discipline, civil rights, desegregation, anti-discrimination, language mandates, liability, special education, and religion).
  • Engage in discussions and successfully address authentic, complex school issues, including meeting the needs of students and staff with disabilities, evaluating employees, providing appropriate services in different settings to English learners, ensuring school safety, administering student behavior programs, and addressing harassment.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of ethical school and district financial leadership and management. Analyze and apply basic revenue sources in budget planning and development.
  • Monitor budgets that include expenditure control, interim budget reports, encumbrances, student body accounts, and audits.
  • Apply fiscal aspects of collective bargaining, special education, and categorical funding.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the fiscal aspects of facilities management, food services, and transportation services.
  • Analyze and demonstrate how a school must operate consistently within the parameters of federal, state, and local laws, policies, regulations, contractual and statutory requirements. Working with diverse populations.
  • Learn about political, societal, economic, legal and cultural influences on schools.
  • Engage in discussions regarding legal and regulatory applications, policy and political influences, working with diverse populations and human resources administration, and legal and regulatory applications.
  • Identify institutional needs for addressing diversity, ethics, contemporary educational issues, and schools as political systems.
  • Apply the process of change in building an effective instructional program.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history of school finance, with emphasis on diversity and legal implications.
  • Identify institutional needs for addressing diversity, ethics, contemporary educational issues, and schools as political systems.
  • Practice both team leadership and team membership so that the candidate can effectively generate and participate in communication with key decision-makers in the school community.
  • Apply the process of change in building an effective instructional program.
  • Understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context of schools and leadership.
  • View self as a leader of a team and as a member of a team by engaging in course work and field work that provides opportunities to both lead and work collaboratively.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Create consensus among the diverse constituencies in the school and community.
  • Critically analyze a topic related to educational leadership through the lens of a researcher.
  • Devise effective communication systems that support the implementation of the vision of the school community and the infusion of the vision in the instructional program.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures