Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to some of the major issues that dominate today's thinking about organisational leadership. It provides students an opportunity to explore and critique the need for leaders in education and other organisations to implement suitable leadership strategies and approaches that will effectively respond to the diverse management and leadership needs of today's complex and culturally diverse organisations. Participants examine the context of the changing demographics of today's organisation and the eminence of globalisation, along with the need for paradigmatic-shift in conventional leadership mindsets and practices towards diversity and inclusion. Relevant theories of diversity and inclusion are investigated including: theory of equity and attribution, as they relate to ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexuality and age. Students will demonstrate a fact-based understanding of existing case studies and models of best leadership practices, and a critical awareness of relevant factors influencing leadership effectiveness.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJo Lampert

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Lies that Bind: Rethinking IdentityRecommendedAppiah, K.A. (2018)PROFILE BOOKS
ReadingsCulturally proficient Leadership: The personal journey begins withinRecommended Terrel, E. K., Lindsey, R.B. & Lindsey, D.B. (2018)SAGE
ReadingsManaging diversity: Towards a globally inclusive workplace (3rd ed.)RecommendedBarak, M. (2017)SAGE
ReadingsLeadership: Understanding its global impactRecommendedDaglish, C., & Miller, P. (2010)THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, PRAHAN, VIC
ReadingsThe Oxford handbook of critical management studiesRecommendedAlvesson, M., Bridgeman, T., & Wilmot, H (Eds). (2011)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsWorld class diversity management: A strategic approachRecommendedThomas, R. (2010)BERRETT-KOEHLER
Discipline SpecificManaging diversity and inclusionRecommendedSyed J., & Ozbilgin, M. (Eds). (2015)SAGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically examine the terms diversity and inclusion, equity and attribution

Asynchronous activity online engaging with materials provided on LMS. Class activities undertaken in the face-to-face lecture/workshop.

02. Identify key issues affecting diversity and inclusion in contemporary workforce with particular reference to education

Prescribed readings and active participation in face-to-face lecture/workshops.

03. Identify contemporary leadership capabilities that contribute to effective diversity and inclusive practices in education and develop a personal critical perspective on models of best leadership practices.

Engage with readings with a focus on current ideologies of leadership. Reflect on leadership that contributes to supporting and managing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

04. Demonstrate awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the changing demographics in the workplace and how these relate to education

Readings provided online to reflect on challenges of managing diversity in an educational context. National and global contexts are explored through discussions and students experiences from various regions.

05. Critically examine how prevailing leadership practices respond local contexts of diversity and inclusion in Australia and in various international contexts, particularly the Asia-Pacific.

Examine the Australian education landscape by engaging with specific instances of diversity and inclusion in leadership. During the lecture/workshop, share insights on international experiences.

06. Critique the theories of equity and attribution, as they relate to diversity and inclusion.

Guest lecture - La Trobe university staff . Engage in class discussion with guest lecturer. group activity on drafting an equity audit

07. Critically examine how prevailing leadership practices respond to the situation nationally and in various international contexts, particularly the Asia-Pacific.

Examine the Australian education landscape by engaging with case studies with specific reference to leadership roles towards inclusive education. Students are encouraged to engage with case studies prior to workshop. During the workshop, share insights on international experiences.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Week 39-46, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJo Lampert

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 39 - 40
Four 6.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 39 to week 40 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Classes will be held: Mon 21, Wed 23, Sat 26, Sun 27 September, 10am-4pm 2020"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 39 - 46
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 39 to week 46 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Reflection and analysis of literature. 1000 wordsIdentified readings on LMS Reading list require students to engage with the selected readings and critically review.20 01, 02
Class PresentationPresentation requires weekly active online group forums. Students identify a theme to develop and discuss for presentation.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Essay 3000 wordsOngoing scaffolding of the task through class discussions, online forums, and additional readings. Students are also encouraged to discuss draft papers in class with peers.50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07