Extension studies

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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 perspective.

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 development. 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 environment. Point out elements for change management and student choose one working life trend and analyses its consequences for workers. 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, Mervi

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 material.

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 100 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

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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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