Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Leadership San Juan Islands

 Title Abbreviation:   LEADERSHIP SJI

 Department:    BUS

 Course #:    292

 Credits:    6

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6.75

 CIP:    521401

 EPC:    524

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Learn from local leaders about the issues challenging San Juan County. Explore different locations, industries and resources in the county. Focus on critical topics impacting local government, natural resources and land use planning, economic development, health, education, social services, arts, culture and history. Learn how to apply leadership skills to current issues. Directly apply leadership skills to choose, plan, and complete a service project. Identify individual personality strengths and weaknesses, and learn strategies for working effectively with different people. Topics will include self awareness, ethics and stewardship, interpersonal communications, teamwork, group process, facilitation, equity, diversity, inclusion, conflict resolution, managing change, and public speaking.


Prerequisite: Instructor permission requried.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 33

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 11

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a range of leadership skills and abilities such as inspiring others and applying a basic knowledge of meeting design, facilitation, conflict resolution, and group decision-making processes.
  2. Exhibit the ability to work effectively with people different from yourself.
  3. Develop critical, reflective, and systems thinking abilities.
  4. Navigate among the key organizations and individuals who, in working together, provide services in San Juan County.
  5. Be part of a network of community leaders who share a common goal of community stewardship.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Community leadership attributes and introduction to Systems Thinking. Understanding communication styles and preferences.
  2. Facilitation Skills I: Roles & practices, decision-making in small groups, & stages of group development.
  3. Facilitation Skills II: Contracting, outcomes, timing, generating ideas, prioritizing.
  4. Facilitation Skills III: Handling challenges, designing a meeting, & interventions.
  5. San Juan Islands:
    • Governance.
    • Art, history, and culture. Economics & workforce development.
    • Equity and social services. Ecology.
  6. Service Project Application.