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Leadership and Management in Organizations

This is an advanced-level course in the subject area of leadership and management. The course focuses on central concepts and theories in leadership, the organizational politics and occupational ethics of leaders and managers, and the wider social and cultural context of leadership and management.

The main intention is to advance the students’ ability to understand and critically evaluate leadership practice and managerial work. The course covers issues that are highly complex and will correspondingly be dealt with from different theoretical perspectives and address different types of organizational questions. Students will explore topics such as the development of leadership theory; behavioral patterns in leadership practice; the organizational relevance and scientific claims of leadership research; the moral dilemmas of leadership; and concepts such as charisma, authenticity, and transformation.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts and theories in leadership research, and explain their development over time; apply the perspectives presented in the course to issues in contemporary working life; and demonstrate an understanding of the moral dilemmas that permeate leadership and management.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.
    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities - such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment tasks – are carried out in English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks
    1. Assessment task 1, group work.
    2. Assessment task 2, individual essay.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Nick Butler