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While we often speak of ‘born leaders’, leadership is also an art and a practice that can be learned. This subject is designed to help students to develop their leadership skills through the study of well-known leaders, theories of leadership and assessment of and reflection on their own leadership actions. The subject will critically examine concepts and definitions of leadership and how they have changed over time; leadership within and outside formal roles and organisational settings; the exercise of leadership, power, and authority; and the role of values and ethics in leadership. Study, discussion and analysis of leadership theory will be complemented by experiential activities, case studies of real leaders, guest speakers, and opportunities for group discussion and critical self-reflection.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- a critical understanding of the key concepts, theories and definitions of leadership;
- a critical understanding of the types of leadership skills which are said to be most appropriate and effective in contemporary settings;
- the capacity to analyse different contexts and to understand which leadership styles are most effective in particular contexts; and
- the capacity to reflect critically on and improve their own personal leadership understanding, experiences, insights and goals.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations; and
- competence in conceptualising theoretical problems, and forming arguments and judgments through critical analysis; and
- ablity to demonstrate increased self-awareness.
Last updated: 2 December 2019