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Leadership in Child and Youth Care

Course Code: CYCC 4471
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child and Youth Care
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to leadership in the CYCC field. Students will learn the history of leadership as a concept, how leadership works in social services, basic leadership skills and leadership challenges.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Child and youth care practitioners are often put into formal and informal leadership roles
  • Understanding of leadership helps in the transition from line worker to leader.
  • Leadership is closely linked with individual values, behaviours and beliefs. An understanding of this link is critical to successful CYCC leadership.
  • Leadership is linked to individual values across the following areas: emotions, stress, motivation, performance and creativity.
  • Leadership in CYC is often formal in team situations. In order to be an effective team leader, CYC practitioners need to have an understanding of team dynamics and communication in teams.
  • CYC leaders need to understand the role of power in leadership and how power relates to conflict and negotiation in the workplace.
  • Leadership is also found in organizations. CYC workers should be able to identify how leadership works in organizational settings and how organization structure influence leadership.
  • Given the fluid nature of government, CYC leaders need to understand how organization change takes place.
  • Leadership in social services and in education is influenced by government and politics and as such, has enormous influence in all CYC leaders working in social services.
  • Understanding balance and self-care is important in sustaining leadership

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group work
  • Student presentations

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Written assignments
  • Testing
  • Presentations

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain and demonstrate an understanding of:
    • The importance of one’s own values in being a leader
    • Employee motivation
    • Work place communication
    • The importance of organizational structure
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to speak to:
    • Organizational change
    • Organizational culture
    • Use of power in the workplace
    • Team dynamics
  3. Demonstrate how to deal with workplace conflict and how to do negotiation
  4. Be able to demonstrate decision making in a leadership situation
  5. Demonstrate how evaluation is used for employees for programs and for agencies.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.