Course Title: Leadership and Social Change

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Leadership and Social Change

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012


City Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Carmel Kostos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Leadership and Social Change will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the key concepts of change, continuity and transition within the context of the learning organisation. Your learning will engage with the theoretical perspectives and assumptions underpinning current developments in professional and social change. Particular emphasis will be placed on your capacity to analyse often contradictory and complex learning organisation environments as a basis for leading and managing professional and social change.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:

  • Explore trends with learning organisations and social change Investigate change management in learning organisations
  • Build knowledge of leadership models for professional and social change
  • Analyse, critique and apply theory about the leadership of professional and social change into practice.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the phenomena of professional and social change;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and apply understanding of the key concepts of leadership, change, continuity, and transition;
  • Think critically, strategically, and creatively on practices associated with leading and managing professional and social change;
  • Reflect critically on the issues of social change as they impact on the people involved;
  • Analyse and critique the theoretical perspectives underpinning strategies for leadership of change management;
  • Articulate the major issues and debates driving the leadership of change in professional and social systems;
  • Apply knowledge of leadership for professional and social change to a relevant context.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course involves wide reading of both theory and applied cases, exercises and discussion.

Five themes and subtopics will be explored in the course.

Students will be provided with readings electronically.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is a precribed text book and all other key learning resources are available on-line.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the learning objectives and will include work examples. A range of assessment activities including case studies, problem-based learning, participation in discussion, essays or presentations. Details are provided in the Part B Course Guide.