Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HUM 221
Course Title:
Leadership Development
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Course Description

The primary focus of the course is the development of leadership skills. It provides a basic understanding of leadership principles and group dynamics and helps students develop a personal leadership philosophy and style. The course integrates readings from classic works of literature, contemporary multicultural readings, experiential exercises and films. Issues of diversity, personal growth and interpersonal relationships are explored within the context of leadership development. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of HUM 221 the student should be able to: 

  • Apply critical thinking and engage in problem solving using a variety of essential leadership skills.
  • Use basic leadership concepts.
  • Articulate an understanding of the principles, practices, styles and values of diverse cultures in developing their own approach to leadership
  • Identify culturally-grounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influence people€™s leadership styles

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods.  The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes:

  • Analyze classical and contemporary readings on leadership.
  • Use of written papers to analyze leadership topics or issues.
  • Active participation in large and small group leadership activities.
  • Articulate and evaluate different leadership styles.
  • Critically view films.
  • Associate past events to contemporary situations.
  • Engage in a 'Shadow a Leader' project.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content


  • Leadership styles
  • Goals and vision
  • Ethics in leadership


  • Change
  • Responsible leadership
  • Team building
  • Leadership theories
  • Leadership vs management


  • Time management
  • Cooperation and conflict
  • Team building
  • Building a vision
  • Personal growth
  • Diversity

Competencies and Skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Develop and articulate a personal leadership philosophy
  • Effective communication orally and in writing
  • Effective articulation of leadership concepts
  • Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Working collaboratively with others in small groups
  • Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience
  • Close reading of classic literature
  • Critically view and evaluate videotape segments for leadership ideas