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Course Details in 2022/23 Session

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Module Title LH Fundamentals of Leadership
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 31971
Module Lead Dr John Gibney
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description The course is about understanding and explaining leaders and leading. We explore what leadership is – and debate the difference leadership makes and why. We introduce leadership theory – discuss the contribution(s) and limits of theory - and discuss and debate varieties of leadership experience across different ‘real life’ settings.
The course then introduces students to the ideas of critical reflection and self-reflexivity in leadership studies - and in relation to the ‘actual & real’ enactment of leading/leadership. We discuss and debate the limits and possibilities of leadership. In the small group seminars, we help students to begin to develop a sense of their own leadership potential and aptitude(s). Finally, students are introduced to the most recent thinking and ideas in leadership studies around leading in/for ‘responsible business’ and in relation to debates around diversity and inclusivity
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • Have an understanding of the nature and dynamics of leadership;
  • Understand the contribution academic theory makes to explaining leaders & leadership;
  • Be able to draw upon relevant theories and concepts from the academic literature when analysing and explaining leaders and leadership styles and approaches;
  • Understand the importance of context – and how leadership plays differently through different real life settings;
  • Begin to develop a sense of the possibilities and limits of leadership;
  • Have gained a sense of their own leadership potential and aptitude(s);
  • Have gained a sense of some of the new thinking – and the challenges to be overcome - around leading in/for responsible business and in an era of diversity and inclusion
Assessment 31971-01 : Class Test : Class Test (25%)
31971-02 : Essay 1 : Coursework (25%)
31971-03 : Essay 2 : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 2,000 word essay on leadership, 50% ; 1,500 word reflective essay (25%) ; 45 minute class test, 25% ;
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