BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Leadership

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

Overview

 

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

Aims

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

(100%)

 

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. hum.sagepub.com

Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. sagepub.com/journals/Journal201858?siteId=sage-us&prodTypes=Journals&q=leadership&fs=1

Leadership. lea.sagepub.com

Leadership Quarterly. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-leadership-quarterly/

Organization. org.sagepub.com

 

 

 

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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