The course takes place in period

  • 1 (2022-08-01 to 2022-10-23)
  • 2 (2022-10-24 to 2022-12-31)
  • 3 (2023-01-01 to 2023-03-19)
  • 4 (2023-03-20 to 2023-07-31)


Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


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

  • Know the basics of working in an association
    and the related
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • master meeting techniques and ?praxis
  • work independently and in various groups to
    gain mutually agreed
  • 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 elected on a Board
of an association
that works with student related issues.

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. External link (relaterad lagstiftning) External link (föreningsverksamhet) External link (studerandekårens styrande dokument)
Loimu, Kari: Yhdistystoiminnan käsikirja
Loimu, Kari: Johda yrityksesi menestykseen -
Harju, Aaro: Järjestön kehittäminen
SAMOK julkaisu: Opas ammattikorkeakoulun
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
Koestenbaum, Peter: Ledarskapsdiamanten: En
filosofi för ledare
Kakabadse, Andrew & Kakabadse, Nada: Essence of
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
Anttonen, Anneli & Sipilä, Jorma: Suomalaista
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
Halko, Marja-Liisa: Naiset, miehet ja talous
Jönhill, Jan Inge: Inklusion och exklusion (2012)
Prechter, Robert R: Pioneering Studies in
Socionomics (2003)
Restivo, Sal: Den sociologiska världsbilden
Chirkov, Valery; Ryan, Richard & Sheldon, Kennon
M: Human
Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Context (2011)
Goffman, Erving: Jaget och maskerna: en studie I
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

Training in the
basics of
associations 5-30h
Training in
and marketing 5-30h
Training in
interest and lobby
work 15-60h
Board meetings of
Association 15-60h
Execution of
project within
the framework of
Personal report,
related literature
reflection over own
development and an
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 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 Chairperson of the Board and
the Secretary-

The course is credited after a statement from ASK
based on the
personal report and personal discussion


Lohse Andreas


Kiukas Carina

Group size

No limit (1 student enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2022-08-01 to 2023-07-31

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