Leading Change

  • Faculty: Cynthia Scott, PhD
  • Trimester Course
  • 3 hours/week, 15 Weeks
  • Content Category: Knowledge
  • Academic Credit: 3 Credits

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Course Description:

There are many changes happening in our world at the environmental, social, economic and cultural levels. We have approached many of these challenges from a “technical approach” – working to fix the problems, implement structural approaches, and manage these changes. These approaches often left people compliant but not committed, and therefore less resilient to future change. To build change hardiness, leaders are using more systemic approaches to understanding interconnected relationships and support the human transition. This course will give you practical tools and approaches to develop your capacity to led other people and organizations to become more resilient and change hardy. You will develop the personal capacity to look at patterns, ask different questions, look for possibilities and increase your ability to live with complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • identify elements of change resilience and use personal change experiences to identify predictable patterns of organizational change;
  • apply key elements of resilience to building change implementation plans;
  • understand the neuroscience of social threat and apply that to reducing resistance to change;
  • distinguish between problem focused and context focused approaches, and identify the most effective approaches to accelerate change adoption; and,
  • identify personal and team reactive patterns and learn ways to respond in more generative ways.


Cynthia Scott, PhD is a Professor at Presidio Graduate School and teaches the Leadership for Sustainability Course for MBA, MPA and Executive Certificate students. As a founding partner of Changeworks, she designed, lead and coached leaders facing a broad range of social innovation and organizational changes. She uses her background as an anthropologist, psychologist and designer to create mission driven, high engagement approaches to creating sustainability initiatives. Cynthia is co-author of 14 books including, “Leadership for Sustainability and Change.” She completed her BS in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, her M.P.H. in Health Planning and Administration at University of Michigan and her PhD in Psychology at the Fielding Graduate School.

Course Modalities:

Non-Credit Options

Lite Level – This course is delivered on-demand with no faculty interaction and is perfect for lifelong learners who want to go at their own pace and who are not interested in academic credit but still want to experience the course.

Audit-No Credit – If you would like to participate when this course is offered in our Live Virtual Classroom mode, you may attend the live faculty webinars but will not be required to submit assignments for credit.

If you take a few courses and decide you want to officially enroll in a degree program, you can gain academic credit for Lite versions or Audit-No Credit versions by paying the difference between these course fees and a normal academic fee, successfully completing quizzes, submitting your reflection journals, and delivering a Final Creative Assignment that will be graded.

For-Credit Options

Live Virtual Classroom: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic coursework is accomplished through attendance in Live Webinars, with faculty and student interaction being a part of the Live Webinar content. To receive academic credit, you must not miss more than 3 live sessions, you must complete the quizzes and submit any other required assignments (if any), and a final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Internal Online Independent Study: Study that takes place within Ubiquity University, in which Ubiquity academic online coursework is engaged in independently on one’s own and does not include faculty interaction. To receive academic credit, you must complete the quizzes and submit your reflection journals and final creative assignment for grading at the degree level you are enrolled in.

Course Contact Information:

Live Virtual Classroom macrocourses are delivered by faculty in live sessions. You will have a course facilitator who is available to answer questions and offer additional assistance. For student support questions for Live Virtual Classrooms or Internal Online Independent Study, you may contact our Director of Course Facilitation at facilitator @ (Sorry! Direct email link not provided due to spam bots.)

For on-demand lite versions, click the “Chat” button on the lower, left-hand side of the screen for any technical issues you may have accessing the content.