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Organizational Leadership Development, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Organisatoriskt ledarskapande

This syllabus is valid: 2017-09-18 valid to 2018-02-18 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2PE102

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Education: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Education

Revised by: Head of Department of Education, 2017-09-19


Education is a scientific discipline where knowledge is created about the processes through which the human being is formed and about the changes in social, cultural and historical circumstances in which these processes are embedded. The pedagogical field deals with, for example, different aspects of upbringing, education, learning, teaching and other processes. Questions, for example, can be raised regarding how and why certain values, knowledge and skills arise, how and why they are maintained, and how they vary within and between generations, groups and individuals.

The course addresses leadership and leadership development as processes directed towards organisational development, professional development, group development, personal development and identity formation and how to manage and support such processes. Leadership development is analyzed and discussed from different perspectives using the different logics of the most prominent leadership theories. A specific focus is directed towards the Human Resources´ role when building leadership capacity in organisations. Leadership development is also investigated from a diversity perspective. English as a business language in many modern organizations is emphasized and discussed in the course.

Expected learning outcomes

After the course the students should have acquired competence to

Knowledge and understanding
  • describe and understand concepts and theories that are central to leadership and leadership development
  • describe and understand diversity theories in relation to leadership and leadership development
  • show an understanding of the usage of English as a business language in modern organizations
Skills and ability
  • problematize diversity aspects of leadership and leadership development
  • understand and problematize different leader roles in organizations and how the Human Resource function can support leadership development
  • apply relevant theories and critically examine leadership processes in a case work and propose theoretically grounded change strategies
  • communicate the course contents in English both orally and in written papers
Values and attitudes
  • reflect on their own understandings and experiences of leadership and leader development
  • make ethical evaluations of leadership aspects on the organizational-, group- and individual level

Required Knowledge

A minimum of 30 ECTS credits of previous studies.

Form of instruction

The teaching is organised through lectures, literature seminars and group-based case work. The seminars are compulsory. The teaching activities, including course specific information and communication with students, will partly be carried out with support from information and communication technology (ICT. The course is given in English.

Examination modes

The expected learning outcomes are examined though both written and oral examination assignments performed in English. The examination is both continual (literature seminars and case work) and final (written exam). The expected learning outcome Knowledge and understanding is examined in the literature seminars and the final written exam. The other learning outcomes are examined in the case work and the final exam. The course is graded using three grades: Pass with distinction, Pass and Fail. The seminars and casework is graded using the grades Pass and Fail. The final written home exam is graded using the three grades. All compulsory assignments must have received the grade pass in order to get the course grade Pass. In order to have the course grade Pass with distinction all assignments must have received the grade pass and the final home exam must have been graded with Pass with distinction.

The course work is examined at an ordinary examination and a scheduled re-sit examination The first re-sit shall be offered no later than two months after the regular test, but not less than ten working days after the results of the regular test have been announced. For tests given during May and June, the first re-sit may be offered within three months of the regular examination session. At least one second re-sit shall be offered within a year of the regular examination session.  Examination based on the same course syllabus as for the regular test is guaranteed for a maximum of two years from when the previous course syllabus has ceased to apply or the course has ceased to be offered. Regarding internship/placement, the corresponding rules apply with a limit of one re-sit. By written request to the head of department, a student has the right to change examiner for a course after two failed examinations in the same course or part of a course.

Earlier studies that correspond to the course contents may require credit transfer. The review is individual. For more information, contact the study counselor.


Valid from: 2017 week 38

Creating Leaders or Loyalists? Conflicting identities in a leadership development
Carden Lila L., Callahan Jamie L.
Human Resource Development International (2007), 10(2), pp. 169-186 :

Day David V.
Leadership Development: a review in context
The Leadership Quarterly (2000), 11(4), pp. 581-613. :

Garavan Thomas N.
A Strategic Perspective on Human Resources Development
Advances on Human Resource Development (2007), 9(1), pp. 11-30. :

Discursive managerial practices of diversity and homogeneity
Knoppers Annelies, Claringbould Inge, Dortants Marianne
Journal of Gender Studies, 24(3), pp. 259-274 : 2015 :

Leadership in Teams: A functional approach to understanding leadership structures and processes
Morgeson Frederick P., DeRue D. Scott, Karam Elizabeth P.
Journal of Management (2010), 3(1), pp. 5-39. :

Northouse Peter Guy
Leadership: Theory and Practice
7. ed. Sage Publications Ltd, ISBN-13: 978-1483317533 ISBN-10: 1483317536 : 2015 :

Rogerson-Revell Pamela
Using English for International Business: a European case study
English for Specific Purposes, 26(1), pp. 103-120 : 2007 :

Shortland Sue
Feedback within Observation: continuing professional development and unexpected consequences
Innovations in Education and Teaching International (2010), 47(3), pp. 295-304. :