Students are expected to come to class having read course material and written a
Students are expected to come to class having read course material and written an approximately 700-1000 word (3-4 (double-spaced) pages) reflection about the material. These reactions should reflect course discussion, be properly cited in APA format referencing the weekly readings, and show an attempt to grapple with the course material through their analysis. These reaction essays are essentially ways for us to talk to each other one on one about your intellectual development. I want to know what you think is important, confusing, wrong, or noteworthy in the readings and why (hence the citations), because it helps me understand the materials I’m using, the lectures I’m using, and where you’re at. I am looking for you to really dive into the readings, integrate the texts into your own thoughts, and provide your own analysis. There’s no rubric, no “wrong” analysis per se, but we’ll have a conversation about it via your feedback.
For this first reaction essay I would like for you to focus on the following, although you are certainly not limited to these topics. Also, you are not required to answer all of these questions, this is meant to provide some guidance and highlight some of the main take aways from this module for you to ponder as you write this reaction essay:
How can a critical theory of society break free of the status quo? How is immanent critique applicable to critical leadership studies? What do you think of the notion of critical theory as a method in the context of leadership? What would a dialectal leader look like? Do you see the distinguishing marks of traditional versus critical theory in your own organizational contexts? How can critical theory seek to go beyond critical thinking by a refusal of the status quo?