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

Develops leadership skills. Provides a basic understanding of leadership principles and group dynamics and helps students develop a personal leadership philosophy and style. Integrates readings from classic works of literature, contemporary multicultural readings, films, and experiential exercises. Explores issues of diversity, personal growth and interpersonal relationships 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

Upon completion of the course students should be able to: 

  • Use critical thinking to evaluate culturally-based assumptions about effective leadership in diverse professional fields and social movements.
  • Apply leadership theories to iconic leaders in order to critically assess how individual practices connect to the human experience.
  • Communicate an individual approach to leadership by reflecting on personal lived experiences.
  • Identify culturally-grounded practices, values, ethics and beliefs of organizational leadership.
  • Explain how personal leadership styles and values influence social change and transform groups and movements.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

Humanities 221 explores how the art of leadership impacts the human experience through connections to social change, scientific advancements, global and national crises, economic swings, and artistic developments. Through the examination of literature, music, film, and leadership theories students consider the ways leaders use creativity, innovation and imagination to impact others. Students will use their own lived experiences to examine and analyze their personal leadership style and how they use it. In these ways the class supports students in reflecting on their place in the world and how both positive and negative leadership qualities influence society and the world they live.

Aspirational Goals

Gain greater agency over personal leadership style.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

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 ‘Leadership Analysis' project.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • 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
  • Social Justice

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