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 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. 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

Trainings 15-30h
Marketing of Arcada
Entrance exams 10-
Introduction days
Gulis (freshmen)
events 10-
Other events 5-40h
Delegate meetings
Marketing of ASK,
member recruitment
Group specific
meetings with
first year students
Support for
students upon
arrival in
Helsinki 0-30h
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 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

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 (17 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2022-08-01 to 2023-07-31

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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