NCLC 398 Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust (January 1-11, 2015)

Dear Students,

Are you ready for a life-changing experience in Europe (Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic)?

  • Want to earn 3 credits as part of this experience?
  • Time to learn more about your own views concerning ethics and leadership?
  • Ready to consider some of the most challenging ethical questions of your life?
  • Want to have a leadership course/experience on your transcript and/or resume (also counts toward the New Century College Leadership Minor)?

Deadline to apply is October 1st.  For information about registration and payment please contact Greg Justice at; 703-993-1740; or visit:

It is not too early to start thinking about how this course can fit into your schedule.

Join us to explore the concepts of ethics and leadership through the example of the Holocaust. This ten-day (January 1-11, 2015) traveling learning community will visit Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. There will also be meetings before and after our time in Europe.  Ethical leadership will be explored, through examples from the Holocaust, in a way that is applicable to life today so that the lessons of the Holocaust may not be forgotten.

Nazi Germany mass murdered Jews, Poles, Romani people (Gypsies), gay people, people with disabilities, political opponents and many others during the Holocaust. Ethical leadership will be explored through examples from the Holocaust in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, as well as at the Auschwitz concentration camp and the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Students and the course facilitators will work together to explore questions such as:

  • How are values and ethics established in individuals, groups and organizations?
  • What are the responsibilities of leaders to establish ethical climates in their organizations and communities?
  • What are the responsibilities of followers and bystanders?
  • Are there universal values and ethical principles in leadership?
  • How does culture influence ethical leadership?
  • What are some helpful approaches to ethical questions?
  • How does this all relate to you, today?

Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL), Mason Hillel and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) are offering this 3-credit “Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust” course (NCLC 398) in January 2015. NCLC 398 will count as a Spring 2015 course and will apply to the NCC leadership minor (counts as a required course for the minor), but you do not need to be in the minor to take the course.

The cost for this Field Study course is $3850 (not including airfare to Europe). It may be possible to apply your spring 2015 financial aid to this course. The cost includes tuition (3 credits), transportation within Europe, hotels (with private bathrooms), some meals, sightseeing tours with local expert guides and museum entrances. Spaces in this course will be limited!

For more information and a list of FAQ please visit: 

Deadline to apply is October 1st.  For information about registration and payment please contact Greg Justice at; 703-993-1740; or visit:

For questions about course academics please contact Dr. Nick Lennon at or Ross Diamond at

Mary Byerley

Mary Byerley serves in the Office of Student Success and Academic Services for the School of Business at George Mason University.
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