English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Leadership and sustainability, 7.5 credits

(Ledarskap och hållbarhet, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1088FE
Subject area Business Administration
Main field of study Business Administration
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Disciplary domain Social sciences 100%
Specific to the programme Masterprogrammet Ledarskap för hållbar samhällsutveckling
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2019


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Social Sciences  at Södertörn University on 2018-12-06 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English 6/English B or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student is able to:

  • identify and describe basic leadership models and theories in relation to sustainable social development,
  • problematise leadership as a phenomenon in order to contribute to a shift towards sustainable development
  • reflect on and describe the their own leadership abilities and skills,
  • critically evaluate different definitions and expressions of leadership in relation to sustainable social development, and
  • critically reflect on ethical dilemmas in leadership focusing on sustainable development.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course deals with leadership from a sustainability perspective. The focus is on the leader as an active agent for change in an organisation's strategic development towards sustainable business, production, working conditions and increased gender equality. The course deals with leadership based on aspects of coordination, employee leadership and the manager's own adaptation during change processes and adaptation. There is a particular focus on understanding and problematising the role of the leader in relation to the objectives of the UN’s Agenda 2030. The course problematises leadership as a stable quality, as well as the effects of leadership on individuals and organisations. Using theories and models, the student analyses and challenges the phenomenon of leadership from a sustainability perspective. The student also gets the opportunity to process and develop their own leadership.

1001, Leadership and sustainability, 7.5 credits

(Ledarskap och hållbarhet, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

Teaching consists of lectures and seminars. Some teaching is conducted using case study methodology.

Examination format

  • Seminar participation
  • Individual assignments
  • Poster presentation

Occasional missed seminars may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for throughwritten assignments.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.