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Understanding Leadership ESM709

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.



Expectations of leaders in educational and other settings can change significantly over the course of a career. In addition to understanding individual issues of changing professional identity, self-preparation, and role transition, leaders are required to engage with heightened responsibilities when government and institutional reforms of structure, culture and practice entail high stakes accountability through outcome-focused performance targeting. By the end of this unit, you will have developed advanced knowledge and skills in the connection between individual and systemic change in leadership practice through study of modules on: approaches to leadership, theories and styles of leadership, the practice of leadership; and the social dimension of leadership in educational and related work contexts. Part of the aims this unit is to enable you to have a better understanding of yourself as a leader and how to lead others.


Unit name Understanding Leadership
Unit code ESM709
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Lisa Ehrich
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theories, styles and practices of leadership
  • Critically reflect on the nature of leadership and its practice within educational and other organisational contexts.
  • Demonstrate your ability to use the literature to support the arguments that you make.
  • Apply new knowledge and understandings in a critically analytical way to practice
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AssessmentEssay (40%)|Case Study (60%)
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