BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC20282
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? Yes



The course unit will introduce and discuss the following content areas:

  • Distinctions between leadership and management
  • Functional and critical perspectives of leadership
  • The contemporary privileging of leadership
  • Sociological and psychological perspectives in leadership
  • Functionalist models of leadership
  • Embodied models of leadership
  • Leading change through changing people


This unit aims to:

  • Explore definitions of—and field positions in—leadership
  • Develop an understanding of models for conceptualising leadership
  • Examine leadership as a privileged construct in western-style democracies.

Learning outcomes


Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand a range of different perspectives on leadership, including sociological, psychological, functional and critical.
  • Be able to locate these perspectives in the wider field of leadership study.
  • Develop an understanding of the role and functions of leadership in contemporary western-style democracies.
  • Know and be able to compare the features of a range of theoretical models of leadership.
  • Awareness of constructed and historically situated nature of constructions of leadership

Intellectual skills

  • Information-handling skills (literature search, web sourcing, etc.).
  • Application of leadership theories to organisational processes, outcomes, culture and structures; and to human relations.
  • Analytical and critical skills.

Practical skills

Digital literacy and on-line collaboration.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communication skills.
  • Critical thinking skills.


Teaching and learning methods


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Student-led group work
  • Discussions
  • E-learning through Blackboard-linked resources
  • Individual study and reflection Writing

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Word Length or Equivalent

Weighting within unit

Market Research Report

2500 words plus appendices



Feedback methods

Online via Blackboard

Recommended reading

Bass B and Steidlmeier P, 1999. Ethics, character, and authentic transformational leadership behavior. Leadership Quarterly 10(2): 181–217.

Chin, J., 2010. Introduction to the special issue on diversity and leadership. The American Psychologist, 65(3), 150-156.

Cluley R (2008) The psychoanalytic relationship between leaders and followers. Leadership 4(2): 201–212.

Conger, J., 1999. Charismatic and Transformational Leadership in Organizations: An Insider’s Perspective on these Developing Streams of Research. Leadership Quarterly, 10(2), 145–179.

Eagly, A., and Chin, J., Diversity and leadership in a changing world. The American Psychologist. 65(3), 216–224.

Ford, J., and Harding, N., 2011.The impossibility of the 'true self' of authentic leadership. Leadership, 7: 463–479.

Ford J (2006) Discourses of leadership: gender, identity and contradiction in a UK public sector organization. Leadership 2(1): 77–99.

Ford J (2010) Studying leadership critically: a psychosocial lens on leadership identities. Leadership 6(1): 1–19.

Gronn, P., 2002. Distributed leadership as a unit of analysis. The Leadership Quarterly. 13(4), 423–451.

Jermier, J., 1993. Introduction – charismatic leadership: Neo-Weberian perspectives. 4(3/4): 217–233.

Spillane, J. P., 2006. Distributed leadership (Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Weber, M., 2012 (1947). The Theory of Social and Economic Organization. Connecticut: Martino Publishing. (Read Section III: The types of authority and imperative co-ordination, pp. 324-407).

Yukl, G., 1999. An evaluation of conceptual weaknesses in transformational and charismatic leadership theories. Leadership Quarterly, 10(2), 285–305.


Key academic journals

Human Relations.

Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.


Leadership Quarterly.





Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 64

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Doherty Unit coordinator

Additional notes



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