Leadership and Organisation: Societal Challenges - Perspectives on Leading and Organising
Ledarskap och organisation: Samhällsutmaningar - perspektiv på ledning och organisering
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
Language of instruction
Faculty of Culture and Society
Syllabus approval date
Syllabus valid from
Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B / English 6 in Swedish upper secondary school.
Leadership and Organization
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
The course is included in the main area Leadership and Organisation at advanced level of 91-120 credits.
The course focuses on the relationship between societal challenges and organizations with a particular focus on the intersection between the private, public and non-profit sectors. The application of critical perspectives on underlying mechanisms and structures that shape the way in which social challenges are defined are in focus.
The course focuses on the relationship between societal challenges and organizations with a particular focus on the intersection between the private, public and non-profit sectors. The application of critical perspectives on underlying mechanisms and structures that shape the way in which social challenges are defined are infocus.
The course consists of two modules:
- Organization and society – a complex system (5 credits): The first module aims to introduce the components of the program by setting a framework and creating a context for the issues which will be discussed later on. The content focuses on identifying current social changes which concern Leadership and Organization. These social changes will be related to their impacton organization (organizing, leading and managing private, public and non-profit enterprises) and concluding with the question: What kind of knowledge is necessary to problematize these challenges?
- Perspectives on Leadership and Organization through critical glasses (10 credits): The second module begins with an introduction to the developmentof Leadership and Organization as a multidisciplinary research field. Different theoretical perspectives on the complex relationship between leadership and various types of organizations (private, public and non-profit sectors) will be treated thereafter and put into an international context.
After finishing the course the student shall be able to:
- Identify, analyze and critically relate to the relevant social changes which concern Leadership and Organization.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the development of Leadership and Organization as a multidisciplinary field as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding of the complex relationship between leadership and different types of organizations (private, public and non-profit sectors) in an international context.
- Be able to apply critical perspectives on Leadership and Organization.
The course consists of the following learning activities: lectures, group projects, case projects, compulsory seminars and presentations (peer-teaching).
- Module 1 (Learning outcome 1) is examined by means of a field work in which the students in groups identify current social challenges from a private, public or non-profit perspective. The examination consists of a group poster presentation (2 credits) and an individual theory-based reflection paper (3 credits). Grading scale: UG.
- Module 2 (Learning outcomes 2 and 3) is examined by means of an individual take-home exam with a focus on theoretical and critical perspectives on Leadership and Organization (10 credits). Grading scale: A-E, U.
To pass the course the students need to pass all examinations (15 credits). The course grade is based on the grade of the individual take-home exam.
Course literature and other study material
Mandatory literature connected to the course:
- Alvesson, M. (latest edition). The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work. London: Profile Books
- Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (latest edition). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.
Complementary scientific articles will be provided electronically
The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).
If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration. This applies for the period of one year from the date that the changes were implemented.