The course takes place in period

  • 1 (2019-08-01 to 2019-10-27)
  • 2 (2019-10-28 to 2019-12-31)
  • 3 (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-22)
  • 4 (2020-03-23 to 2020-07-31)


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Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

This course is a part of the course ensemble called Active and critical citizenship, where you have the chance to choose three (3) out of four(4) courses with a maximum of 15 ECTS. The following competences cover all four courses. The goal of the course is to give the student an insight into the world of associations and interest- and lobby-work in the framework of student politics. The competency aims fall within the framework of Arcada's general competences. During the mandate you are expected to focus on a few of these competency aims based on your responcibilities and reflect over your own development throughout your mandate: You: - Know the basics of working in an association and the related legislation - Know the various actors in the field of higher education and educational politics - Can plan and execute activities within the framework of the plan of work, budget and other steering documents - Know the basics of financial planning and follow-up - Can plan your own work individually and also delegate and lead others in their work - Can act in groups of various sizes, with individuals from various backgrounds in at least Swedish and English - Know different information channels and how these can be used to reach the relevant target groups - Can evaluate your own actions within the framework of the course and reflect on your personal development - Understand how societal structures and processes impact the individual and various communities - Know the societal decision-making processes and praxis - Understand the meaning of active citizenship

Learning outcomes

This course is a part of the course ensemble called Active and critical citizenship, where you have the chance to choose three (3) out of four(4) courses with a maximum of 15 ECTS. The following competences cover all four courses. During your mandate you are expected to focus on a few of these learning outcomes based on your responcibilities and reflect over your development throughout your mandate: - Identify processes and dynamics in groups - Account for the central terminology within the world of associations and student politics - know various forms of leadership and their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders - know the working basics of associations - understand the basics of financial planning and governance - master meeting techniques and ?praxis - work independently and in various groups to gain mutually agreed goals - act responsibly in various contexts and with various stakeholders - utilize information- and communication techniques according to target group and needs - plan and execute projects - reflect over and develop your own actions within the framework of the course.

Course contents

The course focuses on active participation, leadership, critical thinking, communication and societal influence.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

To take this course you must be chosen as a tutor by ASK's Board.

Recommended or required reading

Note that this litterature list is a suggestion on possible reading and that the course does replace other courses with same literature. These sources can be used to support your learning. (relaterad lagstiftning) (föreningsverksamhet) (studerandekårens styrande dokument) Loimu, Kari: Yhdistystoiminnan käsikirja Loimu, Kari: Johda yrityksesi menestykseen - puheenjohtajan käsikirja Harju, Aaro: Järjestön kehittäminen SAMOK julkaisu: Opas ammattikorkeakoulun opiskelijakunnan hallintoon SAMOK julkaisu: Ammattikorkeakoulu opiskelijan silmin ?tutkimus Harris, Philip R& Morran, Robert T: Managing cultural differences Austin, Nancy: A passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference Schein, Edgar H: Organizational Culture and Leadership Koestenbaum, Peter: Ledarskapsdiamanten: En filosofi för ledare Kakabadse, Andrew & Kakabadse, Nada: Essence of leadership Nahavandi, Afsaneh: Art and science of leadership Rosen, Ronald: Strategic management Wolvén, Lars-Erik: Att utveckla Mänskliga Resurser: Om Ledarskap Organisering Kultur och Kompetens Berggren, Curt (red.): Praktiskt ledarskap: en bok om hur man gör när man leder människor Ehrenright, Barbara: Nickel and dimed 2001 Larsson, Reidar: Politiska ideologier i vår tid 2005 Anttonen, Anneli & Sipilä, Jorma: Suomalaista sosiaalipolitiikkaa (2000) Kanaoja, Aulikki; Niiranen, Vuokko & Jokiranta, Harri: Kunnallinen sosiaalipolitiikka - Osallisuutta ja yhteistä vastuuta (2008) Heikkilä, Matti & Kautto, Mikko: Welfare in Finland (2004) Hirdman, Yvonne: Genus - Om de stabilas föränderliga former (2002) Halford, Susan & Leonard, Pauline: Gender Power and Organisations (2000) Halko, Marja-Liisa: Naiset, miehet ja talous (2010) Jönhill, Jan Inge: Inklusion och exklusion (2012) Prechter, Robert R: Pioneering Studies in Socionomics (2003) Restivo, Sal: Den sociologiska världsbilden (1995) Chirkov, Valery; Ryan, Richard & Sheldon, Kennon M: Human Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context (2011) Goffman, Erving: Jaget och maskerna: en studie I vardagslivets dramatik (2009) Stenaasen, Svein & Sletta, Olav: Grupprocesser: on inlärning och samarbete i grupper Ting-Toomey, Stella: Sommunicating Across Cultures (1999) Gelder, Ken: The Subcultures Reader (2005) Fabos, Bettina: Media & Culture - An Introduction to Mass Communication (2009) Conway, D G: The event manager's Bible

Study activities

Trainings 15-30h Marketing of Arcada 0-30h Entrance exams 10- 30h Introduction days 15-20h Gulis (freshmen) events 10- 40h Other events 5-40h Delegate meetings 4-10h Marketing of ASK, including member recruitment 10-40h Group specific meetings with first year students 5-15h Support for international students upon arrival in Helsinki 0-30h Personal report, including related literature and reflection over own development and an evaluation discussion 30h - 135 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Self-evaluation - a report reflecting over work done at the end of the mandate. The report will be handed in as an attachment to the activity diary handed in to the Secretary. The report will be handed in attached to the activity diary to ASKs Secretary- General over ItsLearning no later than three weeks after the end of the mandate. The report is accompanied by a reflective discussion about personal learning with the board member in charge of tutoring and the Secretary-general. The course is credited after a statement from ASK based on the personal report and personal discussion.


Lohse Andreas


Hongell Linn

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Group size

No limit (2 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2019-08-12 to 2019-09-08

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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