SL2552 Advanced Leadership for Sustainability

Single subject course, 15 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2021

It is no longer possible to apply to this option

The purpose of the course is to provide graduates from the master's program in strategic leadership towards sustainability (or equivalent) opportunity to develop deepened knowledge about and understanding of theories and approaches for leadership in complexity, specifically related to transformative change for sustainability, and opportunity to develop advanced skills required to work effectively in this realm.


  • Type of instruction: Distance, mixed-time, part-time 25%
  • Period : 2021-January-18 until 2022-January-16
  • Education level: A1F
  • Application: It is no longer possible to apply to this option
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory: none, Voluntary: none
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: Download
  • Entry requirements: Master's degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.


The course focuses on topics related to advanced leadership for sustainability as well as continued professional development for sustainability professionals. Topics are selected in collaboration with participants. The course also contains concrete practice of skills for sustainability leadership, as well as peer support for this professional development. Finally, the course includes a project that supports students in bringing their advanced knowledge to their professions.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
• Explain, discuss and reflect on different theories, concepts, and practices related advanced leadership for sustainability
Competence and skills
• Create and execute sustainability projects within their local context
• Give and receive support for growth in both themselves and others
• Assess their own skills and abilities in relation to advanced leadership for sustainability and create their own leadership development plan
Judgement and approach
• Critically reflect on theories, concepts and practices within advanced leadership for sustainability 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 course is given on distance. The teaching includes lectures, webinars, workshops and discussion forums both asynchronous and in real time. The teaching also includes individual assignments, group work and reflection individually and in groups. The lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods, tools and practices, that are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through the other learning items. Teachers with different scientific backgrounds, professional experiences and perspectives take part in the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds, professional experiences and cultural backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process. Group dialogues aim at cross-fertilization of the individuals’ different expertise and experiences. The course runs over a 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 400 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.



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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