Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students develop understandings of curriculum leadership by exploring curriculum theory, curriculum theories, leadership theories and practice and critical analyses of the socio-politics of education. Students will be expected to develop and use a broad range of analytical tools and curriculum perspectives in order to analyse and critique curriculum policy and implementation decisions in national and international educational (or related) contexts. Students will reflect critically upon their own understandings of leadership and curriculum, and relate these understandings to current research literature on particular issues within these fields of study. A key expectation in this subject is that students will engage with multiple knowledges and practices to develop the capacity to challenge the status quo of curriculum leadership practice and the rhetoric of quality, accountability and educational reform as it is played out through curriculum.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDorothy Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any one of EDU5LTB, EDU5IEP, EDU5CDD, EDU5CDI


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdvocacy LeadershipRecommendedAnderson, G (2009)N/A
ReadingsCritical Curriculum Leadership : A Framework for Progressive EducationRecommendedYlmaki, Rose M (2010)N/A
ReadingsCurriculum VisionsRecommendedDoll, W. & Gough, N. (2002)N/A
ReadingsIdeology and CurriculumRecommendedApple, M. (2004)N/A
ReadingsLeadership for the disillusioned: Moving beyond myths and heroes to leading that liberatesRecommendedSinclair, A. (2007)CROWS NEST (NSW): ALLEN & UNWIN

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 31-38, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDorothy Smith

Class requirements

Four 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on saturday during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
One 4500 word essay60
One individual or group oral presentation30
Online contribution, preparation and participation in workshops10