Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course a student will be able to 1) explain a concept of paradigm and different constructivist views on social reality, and contemporary concepts of leadership, 2) recognize contextual and relational nature of human agency, 3) practice dialogic and constructive communication in various social settings (pair, small group, large group), 4) review critically leadership related social concepts, rhetoric, and practices, 5) reflect critically on his/her personal experiences, relational practices, meaning making, and thinking on leadership, and 6) understand how leadership related skills and practices can be learned and developed both individually and collectively

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 06.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jari Ylitalo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Ylitalo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course familiarizes the students with constructive and relational leadership theories and frameworks. Different approaches to leadership are critically examined by the students both separately through their own thinking and collectively in group discussions. These frameworks and their different aspects are utilized in analyzing and interpreting personal leadership experiences, and generic leadership related phenomena and practices. The course emphasizes the student's personal development through relational discourse, appreciative argumentation, and reflection. Towards the end of the course the students are expected to have constructed a personalized view on leadership and elaborated a preliminary plan of their personal development as a leader.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, workshops, written assignments.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24-27h; preparatory readings, exercises and assignments: 107-110 h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Appropriate scientific articles, other relevant texts

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Substitutes the course TU-53.1211 or TU-53.1220.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    TU-C1010 Individual in groups/TU-C1011 Groupwork and organizing, and TU-C3021 Managing knowledge and knowledge-intensive organizations or similar.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    10 Reduced Inequality

    17 Partnerships for the Goals



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