Participation and Leadership in Knowledge Organisations
Language of instruction
Upon successful completion of this course the students should:
be knowledgeable about important issues and theories relating to the management of organizations that are knowledge dependant
be knowledgeable about the Norwegian participatory system at work (the industrial democracy system) and be able to discuss how this system affects the workplace, particularly in organizations that are knowledge dependant
understand why conflicts of interest may arise, and how communication can reduce conflicts and create more constructive learning environments both for students and teaching staff
be familiar with students’ rights and duties, particularly with reference to the learning environment, quality assurance, and complaints procedures
be knowledgeable about different evaluation methods and quality improvement
be able to function in the role as student representative at a university or in other representative stewardships in a good manner
be knowledgeable about methods to map and improve the teaching environment
have insight into models pertaining to stress and strains amongst students and the burdens that may particularly fall upon student representatives
have insight into ethical issues that may arise while performing the duties of a student representative
be able to discuss important issues relating to the role universities’ play in society.
The main objective is to provide the students with increased knowledge about organizations that are knowledge intensive, exemplified by the University of Agder, as well as providing insight into the role of union stewardship, both from the perspective of the student and employees. With organisation theory as point of departure, the course will provide an introduction to management and participation in working life. The course will shed light on issues which are relevant for the students during their time at university as well as later when they join the labour market. Several of the themes correspond well with the UNs sustainability goals, hereunder the questions of a good learning environment, quality improvement, inclusion and diversity, as well as mental health.
Lectures, self study and group work. Oral presentation of the exam paper. The participants come from both campuses, and hence the teaching alternates between the two campus. The teaching takes place late afternoon/evening selected weekdays.
Minimum 75 per cent attendance. All the students must participate in a group exercise reflecting over their experiences as student representatives and take part in a group exam. More information will be given in Canvas.
Assessment methods and criteria
A group-based home exam with ensuing oral exam where the grade may be adjusted. The exam counts as 100 per cent. Individual grade. A-F scale.
The person responsible for the course, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.