SL2534 Leading in Complexity

Programme course, 10 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2021

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The purpose of the course is for the student to (1) develop deepened knowledge about and understanding of theoretical foundations for leadership in complexity, specifically related to transformative change for sustainability and (2) develop skill required to work effectively with complex challenges, including the ability to critically reflect on various approaches in the field.


  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 17%
  • Period : 2021-August-30 until 2022-June-05
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Bachelor’s Degree or a professional qualification of 180 credits and English B and at least 6 months of relevant work experience, such as work, internship, volunteer work, commission of trust, or the equivalent, full time or part time, which demonstrates experience of sustainability work.


The course contains theories, concepts, methods and tools for leadership in the context of change for sustainability. The course touches on systems thinking, organizational learning, transformative change, dialogic organization development, personality dynamics, working with conflict and facilitation of collaboration between different disciplines, organizational units and sectors of society. The course also contains concrete practice of skills for leading in complex contexts with a focus on leadership towards sustainability, including critical reflection on different leadership methods and the suitability of these in different situations for this type of leadership.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Explain, discuss and reflect on different theories and concepts related to leadership in complexity and transformational change, specifically in the context of strategic sustainable development.
  • Describe key leadership skills and explain their significance in addressing the sustainability challenge.

Abilities and skills
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Apply and combine different theories, concepts, methods and tools for leadership in complexity to design participatory processes.
  • Assess her/his own skills and abilities in relation to leadership for sustainability and create her/his own leadership development plan focused on life-long learning.

Judgment and approach
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Critically reflect on methods and tools within leading in complexity as well as on overarching approaches to handle complex challenges and discuss these with people and groups of different educational, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Course literature and other teaching material

Compendium with articles and other material.

Course literature and other teaching material

Compendium with articles and other material.

Learning methods

The teaching in the course includes lectures, workshops, supervision, group dialogues, individual project assignments, group works and individual reflection and reflection in group. The lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods and tools. These are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through the other learning items. Teachers with many different scientific backgrounds, professional experience and perspectives take part in the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds, professional experience and cultural backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process. They are trained in receiving and giving criticism from many different perspectives. Supervised group dialogues aim at cross-fertilization of the individuals’ different expertise and experiences. The course runs over the entire academic year which makes considerable progression possible.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


  1. Merlina Missimer
Course Manager
  1. Merlina Missimer

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 267 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.


Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1710 Written assignment 1 2.5 G-U
1720 Written assignment 2 2.5 G-U
1730 Written assignment 3 2.5 G-U
1740 Project assignment 2.5 G-U


The course will be graded G Pass, UX Insufficient, supplementation required, U Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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