edu5pcl curriculum leadership




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 are 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 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 are to 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.

SchoolSchool 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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Reflect critically about own and others' approaches to curriculum leadership

Thoughtful and insightful contributions to class and online discussions; oral presentations; essay

02. Demonstrate familiarity with, and the ability to analyse and critique current literature in the fields of curriculum theory, leadership, curriculum and the philosophy and socio-politics of education


03. Explore a variety of practical aspects of curriculum leadership, which may include the development of communication skills; issues of multiple perspectives, diversity and inclusivity; strategic and ethical approaches to policy implementation; and responses to the rhetoric of quality and accountability in curriculu

Contributions to class and online discussions; oral presentations; essay.

04. Identify personal leadership strategies for future action, which are informed by recent research and literature related to critical curriculum leadership.

Contributions to class and online discussions; oral presentations; essay.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, 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%ILO*
One 4500 word essay7001, 02, 03, 04
Individual or group presentations2001, 03, 04
Online contribution, preparation for and participation in workshops1001, 03, 04