Sustainable Development: Individual, Organisational and Network Perspectives

Summary

The purpose of this course is to develop a critical and constructive understanding of sustainable development at three different levels – individual, organizational and inter- organizational. The course utilizes a systems approach to explore the dynamic interactions between these different levels in the context of leading and organizing sustainable development. Students are taught how to strategically assess challenges and develop logical arguments for relevant approaches to sustainable development.

Admission requirements

Students must have passed the course OL641E - Organising and Leading Sustainable Organisations (7,5 credits).

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2019

Course Code:
OL644E revision 4
Level of specialisation
A1F
Main fields of study:
Leadership and Organization
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
25 May 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
09 November 2015

Entry requirements

Students must have passed the course OL641E - Organising and Leading Sustainable Organisations (7,5 credits).

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is included in the main area Leadership and Organisation at advanced level of 91-120 credits.

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop a critical and constructive understanding of sustainable development at three different levels – individual, organizational and inter- organizational. The course utilizes a systems approach to explore the dynamic interactions between these different levels in the context of leading and organizing sustainable development. Students are taught how to strategically assess challenges and develop logical arguments for relevant approaches to sustainable development.

Contents

The course is based on three perspectives. These perspectives are addressed from a micro to meso-level of understanding. The first perspective focuses on sustainability at the individual/group level. The second perspective addresses sustainable development at the organisational level with a focus on organizational learning. The third perspective focuses on inter-organisational cooperation/collaboration.

The purpose of the course is to develop a critical and integrated understanding of the three perspectives in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After a successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • 1- identify and describe the main models and lines of thoughts in the three perspectives of sustainable development in terms of individual/group dynamics, learning in organisations and inter-organisational cooperation/collaboration.
  • 2- classify, synthesise and interpret the current research about sustainable development in relation to the three perspectives in focus: individual, organisational and inter-organisational/network.
Skills and competencies
After a successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  • 3- review, examine and contrast three perspectives in focus: individual, organisational and inter-organisational/network.
  • 4- analyse and assess how the three perspectives in focus, i.e. individual, organisational and inter-organisational/network, interact with each other for sustainability and sustainable development.
  • 5- critically evaluate a project aiming at sustainable development and argue for a relevant approach to sustainable development as well as generate alternatives to the problem through the lens of the three perspectives.
Judgement and approach
After a successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  • 6- critically reflect on the contemporary literature and research within the fields of individual/group dynamics, learning in organisations and inter-organisational cooperation/collaboration.
  • 7- problematise organisations and leadership from a sustainable development angle via the three perspectives.
  • 8- critically reflect on sustainable development in the context of organisations, organizing and leadership using the three perspectives.
  • 9- critically reflect on the roles of leaders, managers and project managers for sustainable development and reflect on his/her own leadership and managerial roles, skills and behaviours in his/her fields of competence.

Learning activities

The course is organized into three self-contained modules; Each module is based on one of the three perspectives – Individual; Organizational or Network perspective.
Each module includes the following learning activities: lectures; group work; compulsory seminars and presentations (peer-teaching). A central part of the course is to enable students to connect and apply knowledge to a specific case. The students will demonstrate this knowledge through a written individual theoretical synthesis and a group case simulation exercise.

Assessments

Student work is assessed based on three forms of evaluation:

  • Theory seminars account for 3 credits (1 credit each). Theory seminars are evaluated on a pass/fail basis based on both preparation for the seminar and active participation in the presentation and discussion. Students are to demonstrate knowledge corresponding to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 (grading scale U-fail/G-pass)

  • The development of an individual paper that integrates the three perspectives (individual, organizational and network perspective) and demonstrates an integrated, systemic understanding of sustainable development; 3 credits. Assessment based on learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8.(grading scale Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)).

  • Participation in an integrative case simulation seminar accounts for 1,5 credits; The case simulation is evaluated on a pass/fail basis based on both constructive critique of the case, and development and presentation of a collaborative solution. This work is conducted in small groups. Students must demonstrate knowledge corresponding to learning outcomes 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 (Grading scale U-fail/G-Pass).

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

A reading list with additional reading material is provided at the beginning of the course. The following books are also required. A case study may have to be purchased via Harvard Business School Publishing.
  • Senge, P. (2006) The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization., UK: Cornerstone.
  • Eweje, G. & Bathurst, R.J. (Eds.). (2017). CSR, Sustainability and Leadership. New York, NY: Routledge

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration. This applies for the period of one year from the date that the changes were implemented.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Urban Studies.

Further information

Hope Witmer, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657142
Studentservice US - Malmö universitet,

Application

21 January 2019 - 31 March 2019 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program