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)
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Faculty of Culture and Society
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Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of 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 aim of the course is to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of the mutual relationship between social challenges,leadership and organization from the perspective of the private, public and non-profit sector.
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
Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken 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 significant changes, the students must be offered two opportunities for re-examination based on the syllabus that applied at the time of registration, for a period of one year after the changes have been implemented.
If a student has a Learning support decision, the examiner has the right to provide the student with an adapted test, or to allow the student to take the exam in a different format.
The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text