Language and Service Leadership


What is the course about?

Based on the fundamental idea that language is a form of action, this course aims to introduce students to the concept of service leadership through the understanding and use of language – not only as used by linguists, but also by prominent individuals throughout history. As the title suggests, a leader is not merely a specific person but, rather, may be constituted of a collection of “qualities”, “roles”, and “identities” as constructed through the most fundamental means of communication – language. This communicative approach foregrounds the idea that “leadership” can be performed by anyone who has a good understanding of its qualities, and that the following concept of “service leadership” may also be recognised, discussed, and put into action by individuals in a dynamic way.

This first part of this course focuses on the multi-faceted relationship between language and leadership. Through the application of various linguistics theories to different real life cases, students will gain a solid understanding of the ways in which service leadership is understood, constructed, and performed through the use of language. The second part builds from the first, by applying the theories and concepts learned to the understanding of the concept of a “leader” in different fields and contexts, and by analysing how leaders are portrayed by others, as well as how they portray themselves. The course concludes by having students apply their knowledge through various teaching and learning activities.

Course Code Offering Department(s) Area of Learning Units & Hours
GDAR1925 ENG ARTS (3,2,1)
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SLE This is a Service Leadership Education (SLE) course.

IGEThis is an interdisciplinary GE (IGE) course.

  1. One IGE course is listed for more than 1 area of learning. You can decide which area of learning you would like the course to fulfill, by enrolling in the course with the corresponding course code.

Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.