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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3955 Leadership in Organisations

10 creditsClass Size: 400

Module manager: Peikai Li

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Leadership is seen paradoxically as both the cause and the panacea for a plethora of organisational conditions and interest in the concept continues to grow. This module will introduce you to the key issues and concepts of leadership in organizations. It will examine leadership from multiple disciplinary perspectives (including anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy) through exploration of more traditional as well as critical and contemporary approaches. Central themes include organizational and individual leadership; the transition in thinking on leadership; new paradigm models of transformational leadership; charisma; team leadership; culture; ethics and leadership development. The module will include lectures, seminars and case study discussions with the aim of drawing from both personal experiences and group-based activity.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate familiarity with the concept of leadership;
2. show awareness of the theoretical approaches to studying leadership and critique their applicability to practice;
3. understand the nature of leader-led interactions and influence processes;
4. exhibit knowledge and understanding of group dynamics;
5. explore contextual factors that influence the study and practice of leadership;
6. display an awareness of leadership skills and competencies and increase awareness of personal approaches, styles, strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the leadership process; use appropriate strategies for self-awareness and analysis and have an awareness of transferable skills sought by graduate employers.

Skills outcomes
Having successfully completed the module students will be able to:
1. Assess the relevance of leadership theory and its application to practice in a variety of different contexts;
2. Develop a clearer understanding of personal as well as broader managerial leadership behaviours.


Indicative content:
An Introduction to organizational and individual leadership
The transition in thinking on leadership;
New paradigm models of transformational leadership and charisma; Team leadership and relational approaches;
Leadership and culture;
Leadership ethics and sustainability;
Developing leaders;
Current and critical issues which may include: gender and diversity; authenticity and toxicity; language and identity; arts and aesthetics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students are expected to take responsibility for their own independent learning and progress. This means a commitment to undertaking reading and preparation particularly before both lecture and seminar sessions and participating actively in classroom debate (16 x 2 hours preparation).

Preparation for assessment (52 hours) split across the core components of the areas of study. All teaching and learning will be supported by information supplied on Minerva.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be available through regular MCQ quizzes, regular feedback on seminar activity and Q&A sessions around the assessment.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/07/2023


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