Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

15 cr

Competency aims

Overall aim

The course will focus on making sense of the complex social
reality of leadership. Subsequent modules progress through the
field of relevant leadership theory from an individual point of
view through a societal point of view and ending with a team

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is
expected to be able to:

For module 1:
Identify and discuss the fundamental concepts within leadership
Illustrate and describe ones own management style, self-
awareness and self-management.
Interpret and evaluate the aspects of self and the interaction
with colleagues.
Identify own strengths and areas of development within self-
awareness and self-
management and ability to express their own plan for personal

For module 2:
Name and show the relationship between society culture and
organizational culture with a clear focus on Nordic leadership
and CSR, corporate social responsibility
Identify health promotion actions that could be introduces in
their own working context and evaluates them.
Give examples on diversity management and presents actions
that promotes participation and equality for workers in order to
create sustainable workplaces.
Describe different ethical dilemmas in working life and suggests
reflexive solutions for building an ethical organizational
Point out elements for change management and student choose
one working life trend and analyses its consequences for

For module 3:
Analyze and evaluate knowledge about leadership theory related
to team leadership and working in teams
Manage and develop communication in teams
Evaluate and develop own leadership that is transformative and
focused on the team in a certain context
Be able to use some team development tools to manage
change, successful co-workership and continuous development
Understand the importance of a shared vision and of
socialization in teams
Understand the importance and at the same times the
challenges of diversity

Additional information

Dear students,
there has been lack of information about 'Making sense of
Leadership'- course module and enrollment possibilities to it.
That is why I will start a new Personal Leadership course on
Friday 9th of October to give students in all programs the
possibility to join the extended studies module.
This means that there will be 2 Personal Leadership courses
going on parallelly which are independed to each others. The
content of the courses is identical and the both courses
continue together with Maria Forss and Change leadership,
which is the second course of the module.
This addition does not affect you students who have started
your course 21st of September. You continue your course
according to the program in Personal leadership course, start
21st of September file.

I want to wish all students who will start their course warmly
welcome to Personal Leadership course and hope to see you in
course introduction on Friday 9th of October at 8.30 in B518!

Have a nice weekend,

Recommended or required reading

There will be Two books that are essential to all 3 modules:

Bolman, L. & Deal, T. (2014). How great leaders think: The art of
re-framing. Wiley.
There will be limited access (5 copies) of this book as a e-book
through Ebrary at Arcada database.

Komives, S. R. , Lucas, N., & McMahon, T. R. (2013). Exploring
Leadership : For College Students Who Want to Make a
Difference (3rd Edition). Wiley.
For this book Arcada have access to this book online through
Arcada library at Ebrary.

Additional to these each module will have it's specific reading

Study activities

  • Lectures - 15 hours
  • Individual studies - 290 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 100 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 405 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 405 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Supported virtual education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio
  • Final reflective paper Peer assessing other 3 other students papers Mood board assignment

Assessment requirements

Requirements and expectations
Quiz, You must complete the 5 stand-alone quizzes for each
module. Each stand-alone quiz may be taken only one time, so
be prepared. (30 min per weekly quiz). These activities (quizzes
or reflective questions) will give you a total of 25 points out of

Discussion forum, We want to encourage dialogue on the course
content. For each week there will be a discussion. The
requirement is that each student contributes with at least 5
inputs/discussion in order to obtain 5 points per week. These
discussions can give you a total of 25 points out of 100.

Additional to these there will be:

Modul 1:
Short paper, case study and essay on leadership

Modul 2:
Exam will be conducted online during limited timed (24h)

Modul 3:
Final reflective paper, Peer assessing other 3 other students
papers, Mood board assignment

The final grade will be a mean of all three modules together.


  • Forss Mia
  • Hernberg Mervi
  • Tigerstedt Christa


Forss Maria

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • 2015-11-27 - Exams
  • 2015-10-23 - Reports and productions
  • 2015-12-09 - Other assignments

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