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OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

ASUC Intern Program Syllabus – 1 unit


UC Berkeley  217B Eshleman Hall  (510) 642-1433  Berkeley, CA 94720  www.asuc.org

Course Description
Facilitator/Contact: Joseph Lim-Effendy (josephble@berkeley.edu), Senate Intern Director.
Secondary Contact: Nanxi Liu (nanxi.liu@berkeley.edu), Executive Vice President.
Faculty Sponsor: Nad Permaul, Rhetoric Lecturer

The goal of the 1 unit A.S.U.C. intern program decal is to facilitate growth in the A.S.U.C. interns. Complementing
work completed by the interns in the A.S.U.C., the program educates interns about how the A.S.U.C. works to
improve student life and provides interns a broader perspective to see how their work affects UC Berkeley at
large. Through hands on activities, lectures, and guest speakers, participants will understand the functionality of
the A.S.U.C. and be exposed to multiple areas of UC Berkeley’s student government along with build essential
leadership skills.

This course is coordinated by the Executive VP’s office. However, the program is open to all A.S.U.C. interns.
Please note that those enrolled must be or become an intern, director, or staff within any part of the A.S.U.C..

Weekly Meeting
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 6-7pm
Location: 20 Wheeler
CCN: 77872 (For Rhetoric 98), 78073 (For Rhetoric 198)
Begin: January 25, 2011
End: April 26, 2011

Interns are also required to attend weekly meetings outside of class with their A.S.U.C. directors and
departments, and provide weekly progress reports. (Please see Assignment section below for more information.)

Objectives
At the end of this class participants will be able to:
 Understand the functionality of each office of the A.S.U.C..
 Develop ideas for how the campus infrastructure serving students can be improved.
 Plan programs for A.S.U.C. student groups and the general student body.
 Explain the key projects and programs of the A.S.U.C., and its operations.
 Grasp key campus issues of the day.
 Comprehend leadership through “emotional intelligence.”

Readings
The required readings will come from:
Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
By Daniel Goleman , Annie McKee , Richard E. Boyatzis
ISBN-13: 978-1591391845

Readings will be assigned weekly. Please see course outline below for the reading assignments.

Materials prepared by Joseph Lim-Effendy, Intern Director | Nanxi Liu, Executive Vice President
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
ASUC Intern Program Syllabus – 1 unit
UC Berkeley  217B Eshleman Hall  (510) 642-1433  Berkeley, CA 94720  www.asuc.org

Assignments
All participants must complete the assignments instructed by the course outline throughout the semester. The
assignments’ purpose is to engage students to think critically about our student government. Assignments are
expected to be at least 250 words (approximately 1 page double spaced). In addition to listed assignments in
the course outline, interns must provide a half page progress report on the projects they have been working on
and nature of their meetings with their directors and departments.

Course Outline

Week 1 Introduction – Meet and Greet


January 25, 2011 Description: Class Introduction and syllabus explanation followed by ice breaker activities
where participants will be able to meet each other and make connections!

Reading: Appendix A - EI Versus IQ and Appendix B - Emotional Intelligence


Week 2 History of the A.S.U.C.
February 1, 2011 Description: Learn about how the A.S.U.C. came to be and how it works today to improve
student life.

Assignment: Describe your expectations for the A.S.U.C. and how you envision our student
government.
Reading: Part One - Chapter 1 - Primal Leadership
Week 3 Key Issues on Campus & Connections to the A.S.U.C.
February 8, 2011 Description: Learn the key issues on campus and how your work plays into cultivating
improvement of UC Berkeley.

Assignment: Choose one topic discussed today and write at least a paragraph about what
the A.S.U.C. can do (better) to improve or solve it.
Reading: Part One - Chapter 2 - Resonant Leadership
Week 3 City Council Field Trip #1
February 8, 2011 Description: Take a trip to watch a Berkeley City Council meeting after the regular class.
(Optional) Address: 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Reading: Part One - Chapter 3 - The Neuroanantomy of Leadership


Week 4 Lower Sproul
February 15, 2011 Description: Learn about the Lower Sproul Master Plan and the B.E.A.R.S Initiative.
Guest Speaker: Waleed Abed, Lower Sproul and Communications Coordinator

Assignment: What would you like to see from the Lower Sproul revitalization project? What
was your initial understanding of the initiative? How has your understanding changed, if
changed?
Reading: Part One - Chapter 4 - The Leadership Repertoire
Week 5 Judicial Council
February 22, 2011 Description: Learn about the Judicial Council, how they uphold the A.S.U.C. Constitution,
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OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
ASUC Intern Program Syllabus – 1 unit
UC Berkeley  217B Eshleman Hall  (510) 642-1433  Berkeley, CA 94720  www.asuc.org

and the selection process of JCouncil members.

Assignment: In what ways is the A.S.U.C. Judicial Council like the Supreme Court? In ways
does it differ?
Reading: Part One - Chapter 5 - The Dissonant Style
Week 6 A.S.U.C. Auxiliary and the Store Operations Board
March 1, 2011 Description: Learn about how the A.S.U.C. Auxiliary was formed. Learn about the duties of
the Store Operations Board and its connection to the A.S.U.C..
Guest Speaker: Member of the Store Operations Board

Assignment: Complete the above assignment and answer the following questions. How was
the A.S.U.C. Auxiliary formed? Do you think it is necessary? How does the Store Operations
Board impact the A.S.U.C. and the campus?
Reading: Part Two - Chapter 6 - Becoming a Resonant Leader
Week 7 Campus Sustainability
March 8, 2011 Description: Learn about the Cal sustainability measures and how the A.S.U.C. is
collaborating with the campus sustainability office to improve our environment.

Assignment: Reflect on our sustainability measures and what the A.S.U.C. is doing to make
our campus greener. What new ideas do you have?
Reading: Part Two - Chapter 7 - The Motivation to Change
Week 8 Dean of Students Liaison and the Cal Online Student Experience
March 15, 2011 Description: Learn about what the Dean of Students Liaisons do and their experience on
campus. Also learn about the Cal Online Student Experience (COSE) project that will be
revolutionizing our campus technology system.
Guest Speaker: Michael Ellison, COSE Director

Assignment: Describe the duties of the Dean of Students Liaisons. Share your thoughts on
COSE and what additional features you would like to see in COSE.
Reading: Part Two - Chapter 8 - Metamorphosis
Week 9 Spring Break – NO CLASS!
March 22, 2011
Week 10 Executives, Senators, and Interns Mixer
March 29, 2011 Description: Meet with your A.S.U.C. Executives and Senators to know them on a personal
basis and learn about what they have accomplished and what they’re planning to do.

Assignment: Choose several Exec and Senator projects you enjoyed learning about and write
how you would change/improve the projects.
Reading: Part Three - Chapter 9 - The Emotional Reality of Teams
Week 11 A.S.U.C. Constitution
April 5, 2011 Description: Learn about what the A.S.U.C. Constitution entails, and how it drives the
A.S.U.C. offices and affects the entire student body.

Assignment: Prepare a list of your top 5 key takeaways from Primal Leadership with a
description of what each is and why it is important to you.
Materials prepared by Joseph Lim-Effendy, Intern Director | Nanxi Liu, Executive Vice President
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
ASUC Intern Program Syllabus – 1 unit
UC Berkeley  217B Eshleman Hall  (510) 642-1433  Berkeley, CA 94720  www.asuc.org

Reading: Part Three - Chapter 10 - Reality and the Ideal Vision


Week 12 Leadership
April 12, 2011 Description: Come and discuss the key takeaways from our reading, Primal Leadership.
Think about how you can use emotional intelligence to be a more effective leader. What
concrete actions can you do to lead with emotional intelligence?
Guest Speaker: Kate Wees, Creator of the UC Berkeley Leadership Development Program

Assignment: Prepare for final presentations. What have you learned about the A.S.U.C.?
What do you want to learn more about? How has your perception of the A.S.U.C. changed in
the course of this semester?
Reading: Part Three - Chapter 11 - Creating Sustainable Change
Week 13 Final Presentations
April 19, 2011 Description: Learn about what your fellow interns have accomplished over the year!
Week 14 Final Presentations
April 26, 2011 Description: Learn about what your fellow interns have accomplished over the year!

Attendance Policy
Attendance is a crucial part of this program.

Unexcused Absences - Students are allowed a maximum of two unexcused absence. If for some reason, you are
unable to attend a lecture because of extenuating circumstances, alert the facilitator as soon as possible to avoid
consequences - more than two unexcused absence results in an automatic No Pass of the course.

Excused Absences - Absences may be excused if coordinators are notified 24 hours before the start of class; these
include medical or family emergencies, or any excruciating circumstances. Two excused absences are equivalent
to an unexcused absence.

Tardies - Three tardies are equivalent to an unexcused absence.

Roll - To ensure accountability, you must sign-in on the roll sheet at the end of every class.

Grading Policy
Attendance is mandatory and will be a major part of your grade – more than 2 unexcused absences will result in
an automatic No Pass. In addition to attendance, your grade will be based on the completion of your
presentations and assignments throughout the semester. You must turn in a typed hard copy of your assignment
(with name, SID, and date) by the start of class.

Grade breakdown is as followed:


Attendance/Participation: 50%
Assignments: 30% (3% each)
Presentation: 20%

Materials prepared by Joseph Lim-Effendy, Intern Director | Nanxi Liu, Executive Vice President