Syllabus for Leadership, Master Course

Ledarskap, masterkurs

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FE819
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Business Studies A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2013-02-06
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of Business Studies
  • Applies from: week 36, 2013
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits with at least 90 credits in Business Studies (exemption ENT-track) including an independently written academic work of at least 15 credits. Proficiency in English. Exemption exchange students: The equivalent to 60 credits in Business Studies, though 90 credits is strongly recommended. Proficiency in English.
  • Responsible department: Department of Business Studies

Decisions and guidelines

Master programme course- track ENT, SMM, MAC, MIB, MIG.

Learning outcomes

Due to global transformations of for instance markets and competition as well as technology, formal organisations in the private and public sector are continuously left before new challenges. Managers of such organisations find themselves forced to explicate their values, to clarify strategies and develop new ways of organising and mobilising people. This constitutes the main reason why the study of leadership is indispensable, and this, both from a practical and a theoretical point of view. Indeed, much has been said and written about this phenomenon. Contributions include, but are not limited to, biographies of important persons, historical accounts and academic literature. In addition, there is an enormous amount of management literature and newspaper articles, courses and seminars directly or indirectly dealing with leadership issues.

The main goal of the course is to provide a critical overview of the most important traditions and perspectives in the area of leadership research, and to discuss applications at the company level.

After completing this course the participants will be able to:

  • Master the concepts, models and perspectives of leadership.
  • Form well-founded opinions on different theoretical approaches.
  • Apply leadership concepts and models to the analysis of real life situations.
  • Identify organisational problems related to leadership issues and to evaluate suitable solutions.

Content

The structure of the course follows Alan Bryman’s well established proposal to divide the leadership corpus in four stages: the Trait Approach, the Style Approach, the Contingency Approach and the New Leadership Approach. The initial three approaches represent the classical literature on the subject, and have an introductory character in this course. The final approach, however, concerns contemporary models of leadership and includes themes such as gender and power, culture, ethics, charisma, transactional and transformational leadership, cross-cultural differences in leadership perceptions, authentic leadership, spiritual leadership and servant leadership.

The above body of knowledge is going to be analysed in light of collected empirical evidence and within the following contexts: International business, Global organisations, Management accounting, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Instruction

The course is organised as a series of seminars, guest lectures, individual work, and tasks completed in small groups. Participation is mandatory. The differing forms of teaching aim at generating discussion about leadership issues and applications at seminars. Furthermore, they also aim at developing individual skills for critique through written assignments.

The language of instruction is English.

Assessment

Grades will be given in accordance with the Swedish grading system. The following grades will be used: VG (pass with distinction), G (pass), and U (fail).
The final grade of the course is determined after taking into consideration the different parts of the examination. The course consists of obligatory parts.

The course provides a total of 100 assessment units (AU) consisting of 60 AU for seminars and 40 AU for a written exam or a term paper. To obtain VG as a final grade it is required to have been achieved VG on seminars as well as on the written exam or the term paper. In addition, any remaining assignments and supplements must be completed and handed in at least within two weeks after the end of the course otherwise the entire course (including all assignments) has to be redone the following semester, provided there is space in the course.

Uppsala University takes cheating and plagiarism seriously, and disciplinary action will be taken against any student suspected of being involved in any sort of cheating and/or plagiarism. The disciplinary actions take the form of warnings and limited suspensions.

NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 04, 2013

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • A selection of readings, Department of Business studies, Uppsala university

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Northouse, Peter Guy Leadership : theory and practice

    5. ed.: Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE, cop. 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Jackall, Robert Moral mazes : the world of corporate managers

    20th anniversary ed.: New York: Oxford University Press, cop. 2009

    Find in the library

    Mandatory