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Courses

KARAMAH’s LLSP is specifically designed to provide training that addresses the unique challenges facing Muslim women today, while, at the same time, emphasizing individual’s talents and opportunities available to participants. Courses on Islamic Jurisprudence, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution provide participants with the fundamental understanding and essential skills needed to lead themselves, their peers, and the movements they are passionate about.  All courses are designed to incorporate and focus on one or of the following topics:Islamic Law, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.  Below is a sample of courses offered in past LLSP programs.

Methodologies of Interpretation: A Comparative Review of Islamic and Constitutional Law

Asifa Quraishi discusses the similarities between U.S. constitutional law and Islamic law.  She provides an overview of the mechanics of Islamic Jurisprudence and explains that there are various methodologies for interpreting both types of law.   Each system implements the separation of church and state and the separation of powers differently.

Communicating a Persuasive Message

Linda Garrett and Dr. Patricia Scott instruct participants on delivering persuasive speeches and messages in public, focusing on the content and style of speaking to audiences.  After this initial instruction, participants present short speeches they composed for the class.  After everyone has presented, Ms. Garrett and Dr. Scott provide participants with constructive feedback, giving tips for improving speaking skills and encouraging the positive speaking habits shown by participants.

Multi-Cultural Awareness

Dr. David Campbell asks participants to pick four postcards from his extensive collection: two of groups they would like to spend a week with, and two of groups they would not.  He uses this exercise to demonstrate the power – and inaccuracy – of preconceived notions based purely on outward appearance.

Team-Based Planning and Implementation

Dean Leary Davis and Dr. David Campbell use the “Hollow Square” activity, a team-building exercise where ideally, groups of planners and implementers work together and are part of a joint process from the beginning. However, often groups fall victim to self-imposed limitations and try to complete the activity separately, with less success. The exercise emphasizes the importance of including implementers in the planning process, and how to navigate away from imposing limitations or restrictions upon themselves or others that do not actually exist.

Career Interests

Dr. David Campbell discusses how to use the results of the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey in making career choices, as well as the importance, in any field, of academic focus and professional skills.

Avenues for Gender Equity in International Law

Dean Susan Karamanian gives a brief overview of the types and sources of international law, noting the limitations of scope and enforcement on the system’s effectiveness. However, she emphasizes that international law has been essential in raising issues such as trafficking of women, child and family rights, workers’ rights and women in war to the forefront of the public mind.

Talking to the Media: Tell Your Story with Power and Precision

Roberta Oster Sachs begins with tips on giving a good interview and maintaining control of the discussion. Giving examples of various other social media, Ms. Sachs demonstrates how such forums are amazing tools to facilitate public dialogue and spread the word about a message or cause.

Developing Your Leadership

Dr. Michael Useem explores the qualities that make a great leader and more importantly, how to translate these ideas and theories into action. He emphasizes the importance of personalizing one’s interactions with an audience, and cautioned that leaders are always on a stage and must be conscious of everything they say and do.