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Ready for Moore

A community of first-year women who are "ready for more" from their residential experience. 

Ready for Moore (RFM) is a living-learning community for first-year women who have an interest in leadership studies. RFM students live together in Moore Hall and are also enrolled in Leadership 102: Leadership and the Social Sciences. In addition to taking the course together, students also engage in a variety of activities and events together both on-campus, as well as explore the city of Richmond. These activities and events occur throughout the fall semester, primarily in the evening and on weekends, and helps students connect what they are learning in the course.

Inside the Classroom

This course is designed to introduce you to the study of leadership through theoretical and empirical explorations of social interaction. Using findings from a variety of the social sciences (e.g., psychology, economics, political science, sociology…) we will explore questions central to an understanding of leadership: Why is leadership so important to us? What drives cooperation and how do leaders impact cooperation? How do people regulate their behavior? Why do people obey authority? Do people and leaders behave rationally? How does power impact people? What are the fundamentals of persuasion and social influence? Is leadership a real phenomenon or is it just in the eye of the beholder? How do leaders influence charitable giving? How do expectations and stereotypes impact how we perceive leaders? Finally, we will apply the theoretical and empirical work to current events and relevant policy issues. The ultimate goal of the course is to advance your understanding of leadership through an increased appreciation of the rich complexities of human behavior.

Outside the Classroom

In addition to the course, students will participate in co-curricular events outside of the classroom with the faculty mentor that will further connect what they learn in class. Some of these activities might include:

Fast Facts

Haley Harwell, Ph.D.

Fall course:
LDST 102: Leadership and the Social Sciences
(course required for major or minor in Leadership Studies)
Monday/Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Number of students: 16

Residence hall:
Moore Hall

Sample Course Readings

Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers. New York: Little Brown.

Ariely, D. (2008). Predictably Irrational. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Kaufman, M. (2001). The Laramie Project. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-375-72719-1