Fundamentals and Leadership

Second year module

Lecturer: John Gibney | Chris Collinge

This module explores theories and models of leadership, presents debates around these, and examines their plausibility by reference to the practical experience of leadership dynamics in a number of different substantive `real life¿ settings.The module aims to give students an overview of the theory, practice and applications underpinning leadership. It will enable students to acquire knowledge regarding the different styles of leadership and how these may lead to different outcomes in a a variety of Business and Management settings.
The module will develop student understanding, knowledge and skills to the level required at undergraduate level. It will draw upon strong hands-on experience, linking to contemporary business and management issues. It develops written and oral presentation skills through seminar participation.
There will be 7 lectures (weeks 1 and 2, 4 and 5, 7 and 8, and 10) combined with 3 seminars (weeks 3, 6 and 9). Lectures 1, 2, 4, and 5 will present key general models of leadership as these are discussed and debated in the literature, combined with real life examples of leadership. Particular attention will be given to the role of knowledge and the emergence of the knowledge-based economy. Lectures 7 and 8 will address leadership in transnational companies, and leadership of place, respectively, while lecture 10 will address the ethics of leadership and also perform a summative function.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will:

  • understand and be able to critically evaluate the key concepts, models and theories of the leadership relationship;
  • explain how contemporary trends in the economy, politics and society (e.g. globalisation, climate change, knowledge economy) are changing the context for leadership;
  • be able to selectively apply key concepts, models and theories to the understanding of real life business situations;
  • be able to reflect critically and constructively upon leadership `styles¿ and approaches found in the world.


Assessment 1: This will be a 2,000 essay where students will be asked to critically appraise the key leadership features and dynamics of a leadership case study.
Students will be able to choose a case study theme that interests them from amongst those presented during the course (business leadership, sports leadership, city leadership and so on)