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Public Leadership


Admission requirements

The course is open to 2nd and 3rd year BA students of TGC.
Attention: max. 20 students. Selection by CV and Motivation letter.


Who is the public leader? Is it the one that works for the government, or the entrepreneur around the corner who is making a difference for society through his business? Or is it the student who uses a fresh perspective on society? Public leadership no longer fits in the traditional management schemes or in hierarchy; public leadership is all about you!

Leadership is something that every one of us can show. By a particular expertise, a great initiative, a big portion of engagement and perseverance. It is not depending on any formal position in an organization, but rather on your capacities and the momentum to set things in motion, together with others. You know how to mobilize others and how to make use of the contemporary means and (social) media to build a network and to get your message exposed.

Public leadership is not just about the public sector; it is about achieving something for society, for a better world. Borders between public and private are fading, and perhaps even trivial. As a public leader you know how to make a difference, even with small things.

In this course you will work on making a connection between the theory and practice of public leadership, explore what the concept is and how you can develop your own leadership competences. Together with others you will work in assignments in both public and private organizations and learn to reflect on leadership.

Course objectives

  • To develop knowledge about the various approaches in the literature to (public) leadership

  • To develop insights into the various applications of (public) leadership in practice and to reflect on these

  • To develop and apply leadership competences to contribute to public goals


Monday, February 18 18.00-21.00
Monday, March 11 18.00-21.00
Monday, April 1 18.00-21.00
Monday, April 29 18.00-21.00
Monday, May 13 14.00-18.00

Mode of instruction

Combined lectures/seminars, group assignments, excursions and literature study.

Course Load

Lectures/seminars and excursions: 40h
Literature study: 42h
Group assignments: 42h
Individual assignment: 16h
Total: 140h (5 ects)

Assessment method

Group assignment (50%)
Individual assignment (50%)
The final grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Blackboard will be used for group discussions, as well as for uploading the group and individual assignments.

Reading list

The mandatory literature (papers from academic journals) will be published on Blackboard. Other literature will be collected by the students themselves.


For this you need to write a CV and motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) before 18-1-2019.
You can send me the motivation letter by e-mail to Honours Coordinator Anette Righolt

Please discuss the following questions in your motivation letter:

  • Why do you want to follow this HC?

  • How do you want to make the difference (at the local/regional or global level)?

  • What do you (personally) bring to this HC?

  • What do you want to learn or experience in this HC?


Lecturer: Dr. Ben Kuipers
Application: FGGA Honours coordinator: Annette Righolt