Renaissance College

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

RCLP1001Leadership Foundations3 ch

Students are introduced to the philosophical and historical foundations of leadership theory and practice. Furthermore, they study theories and models of leadership. Finally, they explore their own, as well as others’, potential to contribute to leadership processes. The course will focus on developing student skills in academic reading and writing, self-management and presentation in order to enhance their leadership abilities. 

RCLP1010Formative Learning Portfolio I2 ch

Portfolio I introduces students to the role and purpose of learning portfolios, the concept and development of self-analysis and its application to growth and competency in each of the six Renaissance College Learning Outcomes. Students create formative portfolios using evidence from their RC courses, elective courses, their extra-curricular activities, and their formal learning activities. RC Faculty members assess Portfolios and a mark of CR/NCR is awarded in the second term of the first year.

RCLP1011Worldviews, Religions and Cultures3 ch

This course explores various religious and secular worldviews or philosophies of life, what they are, how they come to expression in our everyday actions  and their formative influence on cultures, communities, individuals and particularly people in positions of leadership. To enhance knowledge of self and others, students visit sacred places, explore the worldviews of others and gain critical awareness of their own.

RCLP1021Concepts of Enhancing Personal Well-Being3 ch

Introduces the learner to theories and practices of developing a person's well-being. Readings, discussions and experiential learning activities focus on the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects of wellness.

RCLP1052Quantitative Approaches to Problem-Solving3 ch
The pursuit of knowledge and basic problem-solving requires key skills in numeracy. In this course students learn how to interpret numerical data and statistics, and how to develop a quantitative assessment of strategic choices and outcomes with consideration of social economic, environmental and political forces.
RCLP1062Citizenship and Community 3 ch

An interdisciplinary examination of the social, ethical and political dimensions of citizenship. In addition to surveying the rights and duties of citizenship in a democratic society, the course reviews different forms of civic engagement in the public domain and key issues surrounding social equality and diversity among citizens. These topics are examined in the context of leadership, focusing on the critical understanding of the various roles that citizens play as members of local, national and global communities. Emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining a broad social and political awareness of the forces and events that shape these communities.

RCLP1111Integrative Forum 16 ch

This forum provides an opportunity for integrative dialogue and study about contemporary issues and their complex relationships from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will learn strategies to assess the congruence of a person's ideas and actions as well as to evaluate and debate the ethical implications of both. 

Enrolment limited to BPhil students.
RCLP1112Integrative Forum II6 ch

This forum continues the interdisciplinary and integrative dialogue and study of RCLP 1111. Special emphasis is placed on the contributions of science, technology, economics and mathematics. 

Prerequisite: RCLP 1111

RCLP2001Practicing Leadership in Community Projects3 ch

Students study and practice leadership in the context of diverse communities and national organizations. Initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing a leadership project in an organization of the student’s choice as well as continuous reflection on and evaluation of this project are at the core of this course. The course  focuses on developing student skills in project management, communication, and cooperation.  

RCLP2014Democracy and Public Policy in Canada 3 ch

The course explores the different roles that government, law and civil society play in addressing significant social and political problems in Canada. By focusing on a specific current public policy issue, students will examine the interplay between institutions, groups and norms, and develop a critical perspective on democratic life in Canada. 

RCLP2020Formative Learning Portfolio II2 ch

Portfolio II enhances students understanding and use of learning portfolios as they apply self-analysis to their growth and competency in each of the six Renaissance College Learning Outcomes relative to their developing understanding of leadership. Students create formative learning portfolios using evidence from their RC courses, disciplinary minor, extracurricular activities, Canadian internship, and their informal learning activities. RC faculty members assess portfolios and a mark of CR/NCR is awarded in the second term of the second year.

Prerequisite: RCLP 1010

RCLP2023Canadian Internship12 ch

A full-time 12 to 16 week placement in an organization located in Canada where students observe leadership in action, develop their leadership skills, and test their interest and aptitude for a career. With guidance from a mentor at UNB and in the organization, students complete assignments designed to enable them to apply their academic knowledge and critical thinking skills in a work environment while enhancing their professional development. A presentation during the subsequent fall term concludes the internship.

Prerequisites: RCLP 1001, RCLP 1010, RCLP 1011, RCLP 1021RCLP 1052, RCLP 1062, RCLP 1111, RCLP 1112; or permission of the instructor. 

RCLP2042Science and Society3 ch

This course introduces students to scientific knowledge and thinking via an interdisciplinary approach that takes into account the ways science and society intersect and inform one another. Topics such as: science and politics, philosophical challenges, science and inequality in society, scientific literacy, and issues around science and society on a local and global scale are addressed throughout the course. 

RCLP3002Leadership in Cross-Cultural Contexts3 ch

Students study leadership in global and cross-cultural contexts. They engage in cross-cultural projects and study and reflect on the impact of cultural differences and diversity on leadership processes. The course focuses on developing skills in cross-cultural communication and cooperation. 

RCLP3015Democracy and Global Policy3 ch

This course explores the different role that states, international organizations and civil society play in addressing global social problems. By examining a current global governance issue, students will be introduced to the key institutional and economic features of the international order. They will evaluate opportunities for collective action and develop a critical perspective on systematic challenges to global cooperation. 

RCLP3030Integrated Learning Portfolio3 ch

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Integrated Studies are required to construct personal learning portfolios to demonstrate achievement in each of the program's articulated learning outcomes. This course introduces the learning outcomes, the theory and practice of experiential learning, and reflective writing, as students work toward constructing their understanding of the role and purpose of a personal learning portfolio. May be taken only by students registered in the BIS program or the Certificate in Leadership Studies. 

RCLP3046International Internship12 ch

This is a cross-cultural educational experience where students travel in small teams to countries where the culture differs from theirs. For a minimum of 10 weeks they immerse themselves in the communities and complete full-time placements with local non-profit organizations. Students contribute to community efforts in order to: observe and learn with and from local people and communities; appreciate multiple perspectives on issues; understand how others experience situations and decisions; and, evaluate how leadership functions in other cultures and societies. A rigorous preparation and re-entry process as well as a set of assignments help students go through a structured process of inquiry and reflection to build knowledge through experience. A presentation during the subsequent fall term concludes the internship.

Prerequisites: RCLP 2023 and RCLP 3002, or permission of the instructor. 

RCLP3053Gender and Leadership3 ch (O)
An inter-disciplinary examination of the impact that gender has on people's experience and success in leadership roles, and on the ideal of good leadership itself. This course will explore the causes of unequal representation in positions of power in business organizations and in politics, and it will consider possible ways to close the gender gaps. Other topics examined will include: leadership and the public vs. private dichotomy; masculinity and the leadership ideal; gendered division of labor, gendered barriers to leadership in politics, corporate structures and other organizations.
RCLP3054Mindfulness3 ch (O)
Mindfulness training cultivates the innate ability to be present; develops calm, concentration, insight and fosters personal growth. Students will examine the theory of mindfulness and engage experientially in a range of practices. They will become increasingly familiar with wisdom of their own minds and bodies, the larger environment in which they live, and the ways mindful leadership may be applied and integrated into their daily, academic and professional lives.
RCLP3701Special Topics in Leadership3 ch

An in-depth examination of a specific leadership topic. Each topic will be given an appropriate title that will appear on the student's transcripts. Each course will also help students develop competence in one or more of the Renaissance College Learning outcomes. Students may take more than one topic for credit. 

RCLP3775Science & Religion - Understanding Through Dialogue3 ch (O)

This course seeks to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the relationship between science and religion through dialogue. Students examine major paradigm shifts and philosophical beliefs and assumptions held by both disciplines. Significant light will be shed on certain major issues through the mutually enriching dialogue between science and religion. The course focuses largely, but not exclusively, on Western science and religion in the modern period.

RCLP4001Directed Studies in Interdisciplinary Leadership3 ch

Individualized study of a topic of interest to the student developed in consultation with a faculty member and with approval of the Dean. This course engages students in applied or basic research activities.  

RCLP4002Leadership for Social Innovation3 ch

This course focuses on social innovation from a leadership perspective. With emphasis on self-directed learning, students apply innovative approaches to exploring social problems and their potential solutions in the context of several case studies. Students will develop their understanding of and competencies within topic areas such as: frameworks for social innovation and social entrepreneurship; social value proposition; change leadership frameworks and change management; organizational alternatives; lean canvas methodology; business planning; design thinking; critical perspectives and impact assessment.

RCLP4028Community Problem-Solving and Research Project6 ch

Students and faculty collaborate with government agencies and community-based organizations on joint problem-solving in a project-based environment. This two-term course helps students to utilize the knowledge and skills acquired in their previous learning a well as their critical thinking and research skills. Further, students develop confidence as change-makers while also exploring innovative ideas for pressing social, environmental and economic challenges.

RCLP4031Images and Insight3 ch

Questions surrounding how images educate, how they make visible emotional and intellectual content, the effects of the visual on human beings, and the visual as an interdisciplinary approach provide a philosophical basis from which the relationship of visual literacy to leadership is explored and developed. There may be a nominal studio fee associated with this course. 

RCLP4040Summative Learning Portfolio III2 ch

For this course, students submit a summative learning portfolio to demonstrate their growth and competency in the RC Learning Outcomes and connect this with their long range career and life plans. Final presentations highlight their learning using all course work and other experiences including the national and international internship programs. RC faculty members assess the Final Summative Portfolios and a mark of CR/NCR is awarded in the second term of the third year.

Prerequisite: RCLP 2020

RCLP4997Leadership Practicum1, 2 or 3 ch

The opportunity to gain leadership skills, training and experience through significant involvement in leading, directing, coaching and/or managing groups or individuals in the community or on campus. Each credit hour requires at least 40 hours of leadership and learning activities. Students must receive Dean’s approval.