Leadership for Sustainability, Master's Programme (One-Year)

Programme - second cycle - 60 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2015

Programme Code:
SALSU revision 6
Swedish name:
Ledarskap för hållbarhet: Magisterprogram
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
18 November 2009
Date of ratification:
14 January 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2015

Entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B / English 6 in Swedish secondary school.

Organisation

The master programme "Leadership for Sustainability" is intended for students and professionals within a wide area of different backgrounds but with a common interest to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in leading projects and organisational development to reach sustainability.
The master programme “Leadership for Sustainability” is a multidisciplinary master dealing with the issues of organising and leading organisational development to reach sustainability. The standpoint of this master is that sustainability requires new forms of organising especially project-based organisations involving diverse stakeholders. Organising and leading sustainability thus require new and diverse leading and organising skills, understanding and knowledge for project managers and leaders. It also requires a new way of thinking sustainability within and between organisations. This new way is to be found in contemporary and on-going research in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. The master programme provides methodological and methodical knowledge, understanding and skills of research to enable sustainable decision-making in organisations.
The programme is organised around six courses divided into two semesters. At the start of the first semester, the courses "Organising and Leading Sustainable Organisations” (OL641E - 7,5 credits) and ”Leadership and Organisation for Sustainability - Research Methods” (OL642E - 7,5 credits) provide students with a common knowledge and understanding on organisation theories, leadership theories and research methods, with a focus on sustainability. The first semester ends with the course ”Project Management and Sustainability” (OL643E - 15 credits) that enables students to touch upon project management in theory and practice while students plan their sustainable project.
During the first part of the second semester students go in-depth into sustainability and sustainable development via the respective courses ”Sustainable development: Individual, Organisational and Network Perspective” (OL644E - 7,5 credits) and “Social entrepreneurship, social innovation and sustainability” (OL645E - 7,5 credits) which are taught in parallel. The end of the second semester is then dedicated to the thesis course “Master Thesis with a focus on Leadership and Organisation for Sustainability” (OL646E - 15 credits). Here students, in pair, have the opportunity to focus on issues in organisation and leadership for sustainability in which they have a special interest.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2015:
Autumn 2015 - Semester 1
Spring 2016 - Semester 2

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate insight into current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.
  • acquire a critical understanding of the fields: leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the challenges involved in organising and leading sustainable development as well as organisational development and project management.
  • acquire and develop a set of perspectives and tools for approaching the challenges of organisational development and particularly different approaches to project management and demonstrate an understanding of how these tools relate to creating and sustaining a coalition of stakeholders.
  • demonstrate knowledge of a number of different models and techniques for broad stakeholder involvement.
  • discuss basic values underpinning social entrepreneurship and sustainability.
  • acquire a critical understanding of philosophical, methodological and ethical approaches in research focused on leadership and organisation.
Skills and competences
After a successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:
  • find, evaluate and synthesize current research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.
  • identify and assess ethical issues in balancing the interests of different stakeholders with an end toward creating sustainable development.
  • critically reflect on the roles of leaders and social entrepreneurs as change agents as well as on the roles of followers in the context of sustainable development and thus reflect on their future role in sustainable development.
  • develop organisations and leadership processes following scientific methodological and methodical standards in leadership and organisation studies.
  • make informed decisions on choices of organisational and leadership models and strategies in the management of sustainable projects.
Judgement and approach
After a successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate capacity to critically use his/her understanding of the current research in the fields of organisation and leadership, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development to identify a problem, analyse it and solve it via the generation of new alternatives/knowledge.
  • develop a multi-frame set of mind to address sustainable development in the context of organisation and leadership.
  • assess challenges in a sustainable project or organisational development and be able to reflect on the leadership role in areas suited to his/her competences.
  • argue for an approach to organisational development based on a developed understanding of its implications for sustainable development.
  • critically and reflexively relate to contemporary research in the fields of leadership and organisation, project management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the context of sustainability and sustainable development.

Degree

Master's degree (60 credits).

Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) with a Major in Leadership and Organisation.

Other Information

Each individual syllabus contains the entry requirements for advancing in the programme.