Sociology BA (A), Leadership During Risk and Crisis, 7,5 credits


Sociology BA (A), Leadership During Risk and Crisis, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: SO091G
  • Subject/Main field: Sociology
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 1/24/2019
  • Date of change: 9/27/2021
  • Version valid from: 1/10/2022


The overall goal of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge of sociological theory, method and research with a special focus on management and organisation during risk and crisis. The purpose is to provide good ability to use sociological insights and analyses to understand and manage risks, crises and related social phenomena.

Course objectives

After completing the course, the student should demonstrate the ability to:
- give an account of theoretical orientations and concepts on leadership and
- identify and compare leadership issues on the basis of different organisational
conditions and processes.
- analyze the significance of risk, crisis and security issues in organizations and in
- problematise and critically discuss leadership and organisational aspects on risk,
crisis and security issues.


The course presents theories and central concepts on organisation and leadership. Furthermore, the course shows the signification of organizations such as reality and social construction. Additionally, the organisation of risk and crisis management is dealt with from different societal perspectives. The course offers an introduction to leadership theories and an in-depth look at leadership in risk and crisis issues. Finally, the leadership conditions at different organisational levels and in different situations are problematised.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course consists of lectures, seminars, as well as oral and written examinations.

Examination form

1000: Examination, 7.5 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U), Pass (G), or Pass with distinction (VG)

Examination takes place continuously throughout the course through individual oral and written exams and oral group presentations. Presence is mandatory where indicated in the course schedule.

Grading system

Fail (U), Pass (G), or Pass with distinction (VG)

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Weick, Karl
  • Title: Making Sense of the Organization, volume 1
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
  • Author: Kendra, James M & Wachtendorf, Tricia
  • Article title: Elements of Resilience After the World Trade Center Disaster: Reconstruction New York City´s Emergency Operations Centre
  • Journal: Disasters
  • Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2003/ Vol 27/ 1/ 37-53
  • Author: Hatch, Mary Jo
  • Title: Organization Theory. Modern, symbolic, and postmodern perspectives.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Author: Drennan, Lynn T. & McConnell, Allan
  • Title: Risk and crisis management in the public sector
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan / Latest edition
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Comment: Valda delar / Selected parts
  • Author: Danielsson, Erna & Sjöstedt-Landén, Angelika
  • Article title: Leader normativity in crisis management: tales from a school fire
  • Journal: Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy
  • Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2020/Vol 11/2/139-165

The page was updated 9/29/2021