|| IP30820 |
|| POLITICAL LEADERSHIP |
|| 2006/2007 |
|| Professor Michael Foley |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 8 Hours. (8 x 1 hour) |
|| Lecture || 16 Hours. (16 x 1 hour) |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours ||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| Project Work: 1 x 1,500 words ||30%|
|Supplementary Exam|| Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module. For further clarification please contact the Academic Administrator in the Department of International Politics.|| |
On completion of the module, students will be able to:
- understand the meaning, position and techniques of leadership in a political environment;
- demonstrate a grasp of the different variants, styles and purposes of leadership;
- engage critically in current debates over the meaning and value of leadership, and over the implications of leadership politics in contemporary systems;
- apply theoretical perspectives to analytical questions and issues;
- possess an enriched understanding and practical awareness of how leadership can be generated, used, maintained and lost
This module provides an analytical framework for the study of the role, conditions and contingencies of leadership
The main aim is to analyse the nature and role of leadership in contemporary politics. The course seeks to examine the development of leadership as a central issue in political debate and party calculations; to study the opportunities for, and constraints upon, leadership; to assess significance of leadership as a criterion of political evaluation and as a motive force in public action; and to appraise theories and debates surrounding the concept and practice of leadership in political contexts
After examining the different properties and types of leadership, the course analyses and evaluates the problematic nature of democratic leadership and the constraints and contingencies of decision-making at the highest level. The module goes on to examine several related themes including the pathology of leadership crisis, the psychological factors in leadership behaviour, the trends towards presidential politics in Britain, and the differences and similarities between domestic leadership and international leadership. For the purposes of focus and depth, the course will rely mainly upon examples taken from the US and the UK. However, leaders in other systems will be included (e.g. Nelson Mandela, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe, Hugo Chavez).
Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy skills and self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills, and the examination will test these skills under time constraint conditions.
10 ECTS Credits
** Recommended Text
Burns, James MacGregor. Transforming leadership :the new pursuit of happiness /James MacGregor Burns.
Foley, Michael The British presidency :Tony Blair and the politics of public leadership / Michael Foley.
This module is at CQFW Level 6