Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • The module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to the processes and practices of leadership
  • The module will provide students with the opportunity to critically understand research in the field of leadership and conduct a small scale research project of their own
  • The module will facilitate students' critical awareness of contemporary issues and debates relating to leadership


  • Classic theories of leadership
  • Contemporary theories of leadership
  • Researching leadership
  • Leadership in practice
  • Leadership and culture
  • Leadership discourse
  • Leadership and identity
  • Non-hierarchical forms of leadership
  • Follower-centric approaches to leadership
  • Followership
  • The negative side of leadership
  • Leadership development

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • demonstrate a deep and critical understanding of the leadership literature
  • demonstrate familiarity with a range of approaches to leadership in practice and the outcomes of leadership
  • demonstrate a sound understanding of critical perspectives on leadership and leadership discourse
Subject-specific Skills:
  • be able to locate, comprehend and critically evaluate relevant research and sources of information and evidence relating to leadership
  • be able to apply leadership theory to practice
  • be able to critically engage with current debates about leadership theory and practice
Key Skills:
  • effective written communication
  • research appropriate periodicals, websites, books, other references to draw together required information
  • critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
  • the development of cohesive and persuasive arguments

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures and seminars
  • Learning takes place through attendance at lectures, preparation for and participation in seminars, and directed independent study
  • Seminar classes provide a structured series of case studies, group exercises etc to support, reinforce knowledge and encourage independent study
  • Additional learning support will be provided online via the virtual learning environment and external links to current leadership-related debates
  • Formative assessment is by individual contribution to a group presentation
  • Summative assessment is by means of an enquiry-based project and an essay. (The project will involve the critical analysis and application of a particular aspect of the leadership literature to a research interview conducted by the student. The essay is chosen from a list of contemporary leadership-related debates.)

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 21 1 per week 1 hour 21
Seminars 8 4 in term 1, 4 in term 2 1 hour 8
Preparation, fieldwork and reading 171
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One individual project 3000 words max 100% Same
Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One written assignment 2000 words max 100% An alternative list of topics will be provided

Formative Assessment:

A contribution to a group presentation.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University