SL2538 Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Programme course, 20 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2022

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 a specific research topic of relevance to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, (2) develop deepened knowledge about and skill in applying research methodology, and (3) develop leadership skills through team work.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 67%
  • Period : 2022-January-17 until 2022-June-05
  • Education level: A1E
  • 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: The courses Strategic Sustainable Development, 12.5 ECTS, Innovation for Sustainability, 5 ECTS and 2.5 ECTS in Leading in Complexity must have been passed.

Content

The course includes a thesis on a specific topic of relevance to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability which the student selects for deeper studies. The content of supportive lectures, workshops and supervision is determined by the selected topic for the thesis. The overarching issue for the thesis should be how the studied phenomenon can contribute to society’s transition to sustainability from a systems perspective on Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and with regard to the complexity that sustainable development involves.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Discuss key concepts within the general research area of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and, at a more nuanced level, within the selected thesis topic.

Abilities and skills
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Independently identify and formulate research questions of relevance to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainabilityand plan and carry out appropriate research within a given time frame to answer these questions.
  • Orally and in writing present her/his research problems, approaches and results, argue for her/his conclusions and recommendations and discuss these with individuals and groups with different educational, professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Work collaboratively to achieve a goal.


Judgment and approach
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
  • Reflect and contextualize a specific topic in relation to a systems perspective on Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.
  • Critically relate to different theories, concepts, methods and tools of relevance to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, from scientific, social and ethical perspectives, in ways that take into account the complexity of these phenomena.
  • Critically examine, assess and discuss her/his own and others’ research results and conclusions.
  • Identify the need of further knowledge, concepts, methods and tools of relevance to Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Course literature and other teaching material

Process description for the thesis (thesis kit).

Course literature and other teaching material

Process description for the thesis (thesis kit).

Learning methods

The thesis is usually carried out in groups of three students. The teaching in the course includes, as a support of the thesis work, lectures and workshops, supervision, group dialogues, individual reflection and reflection in groups and criticism of other students’ theses. Teachers with many different scientific backgrounds, professional experience and perspectives take part as supervisors in the course. Each group has minimum two supervisors of which at least one is a senior researcher. Supervisors and students of different educational, professional and cultural backgrounds give feedback and give criticism of the theses at three common formal occasions during the course, including one final presentation. The final presentation is carried out in a format similar to a public defence of a doctoral thesis. Criticism is given by other students (with great diversity of backgrounds) and by supervisors, the examiner, other personnel and invited experts from business and society and the general public. A detailed support for the entire process (thesis kit), including instructions for writing, evaluation criteria, etc., is provided to the student.

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.

Teachers

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 534 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.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1805 Written assignment 1 1 G-U
1815 Written assignment 2 1 G-U
1825 Written assignment 3 1 G-U
1835 Written assignment 4 1 G-U
1845 Thesis 1 16 A-F
  1. 1Determines the final grade for the course, which will only be issued when all components have been approved.

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Exams

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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