Leadership Challenges (MHR204)

Course description for study year 2023-2024


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This course* provides a unique opportunity to develop leadership.  You will engage in, and actively contribute to a challenge-based learning experience.

There will be an emphasis on you as an active learner and co-creator of knowledge working closely with other students defining current leadership challenges, opportunities, and solutions. Typical theoretical elements included in the course are leadership as purpose, and design thinking.

*Supported by the UNESCO Chair on Leadership, Innovation and Anticipation.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you should have the following knowledge, skills and general competences:


  • have advanced knowledge within the theory and practice of leadership 
  • have specialized insight into the PAC ontology (Purpose-Alignment-Commitment) and strategic design method


  • analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations within leadership 
  • work independently with practical and theoretical problem solving.
  • analyse and relate critically to different sources of information and apply these to structure and formulate academic reasoning.

General competence:

  • define and analyse relevant professional- and research ethics issues.
  • contribute to innovation processes, and to define problems and solutions.
  • be able to apply knowledge in new areas 

Required prerequisite knowledge



Leadership Challenge (LC) and report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Prepare and run a Leadership Challenge 2/5 Letter grades
Leadership Challenge final report 3/5 Letter grades

To prepare and deliver a Leadership Challenge (LC) with final report. In allocated learning teams, you will define a specific leadership challenge and one specific and actionable solution to this particular challenge. The mark awarded will consist of:
• Prepare and run a Leadership Challenge (oral; presentation; facilitation; 40%; learning team mark; A-F).
• Student-to-student-lecture based on chosen Leadership Challenge solution (oral; lecture; learning team mark; pass/fail).
• Leadership Challenge final report (60%; individual mark on written learning team report contribution; A-F).

• A minimum of 80% attendance of all lectures starting from week 1 of teaching for report to be submitted and assessed.
• 100% attendance of allocated Leadership Challenges (student's role: active participant) in order to pass their own leadership challenge.
• Leadership Challenge (student's role: facilitator) must pass for report to be submitted and assessed.
• Learning team student-to-student-lecture must pass for report to be submitted and assessed.

Resit exam:
• Leadership Challenge (40%; learning team mark; A-F): To be delivered with new learning team next time the course is running.
• Student-to-student-lectures based on chosen Leadership Challenge (learning team mark; pass/fail): New opportunity provided within the semester.
• Leadership Challenge final report (60%; individual mark on learning team report contribution; A-F): Opportunity to resubmit individual contribution.

Coursework requirements

80% attendance of all mandatory sessions, Leadership Challenge must pass for report to be submitted and assessed, Learning team student to student lecture must pass for report to be submitted and assessed, 100% attendance of allocated leadership challenge sessions

80% attendance of all lectures required.

100% of all allocated leadership challenges required.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Rune Todnem By

Head of Department:

Trude Furunes

Method of work

This challenge-based, future-focused course is typically delivered as a mixture of lectures, student-to-student lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, cases, and presentations in support of student-defined leadership challenges.

Open for

It is available to Master students in the Master of Service Leadership in International Business program, and other master students from the University of Stavanger when vacancy.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto