Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Evening)
Singapore Term 4 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Smith


Definitions of leadership and models of organisational leadership. Topics include: leadership formation and leadership as a career; the values and styles of leaders; organisational vision and mission statements; the identities of leaders; succession, selection and induction processes; heroic and post-heroic models of leadership, including distributed leadership; leadership standards.


Upon completion of this unit students can be expected to have:

  • a better understanding of the nature of leadership as a context-bound, attributed status; leadership as a socially and institutionally constructed phenomenon;
  • the typical means by which leaders learn and acquire their leadership and construct career trajectories;
  • current issues, topics and recent trends in leadership theory and practice, particularly as these apply in a variety of policy contexts, educational and non-educational settings; and
  • the demands confronting all types of leaders in a variety of contexts and workplaces.


2 Essays (2 x 4000 words each): 50% each - totalling 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Smith

Contact hours

6 seminars x 4 hours (one session per week - compulsory)
5 tutorials x 3 hours (on weeks when seminars not offered - optional)