ME7010: Leadership and Context


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ME7010: Leadership and Context

Module Title Leadership and Context
Module Code ME7010
Module Tutor Neil
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

Leadership is seen as essential for the achievement of educational reform across the globe. This explains how leaders, leading and leadership have moved from obscurity to centre stage over recent years. This course is an essential basis for school leaders and others who wish to understand what the academic field has to contribute to our understanding of leadership and its limitations when faced with complexity and constant change. Ethics, social responsibility and social justice are seen as central since the actions of leaders can have profound effects on the lives of young people and on society in general.

Indicative Syllabus

Topics covered on this course include:


Drivers for reform

The significance of structural change

Performance and performativity

Rational Management and the question of contextual fit

The question of values and purposes

Categories of leadership theories

Understanding leadership kitsch

Identifying leadership in your own organisation

Recognising and using leadership in your own organisation

Recognising and using leadership theory in practice

Principles of financial and resource management

Understanding our own role and responsibility in leadership

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Demonstrate a deep, systematic and critical knowledge and understanding of a range of leadership perspectives that are available to school leaders

2. Understand the extent to which claims for effectiveness are grounded in research evidence

3. Demonstrate a critical  understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and how these affect the way the knowledge base is interpreted

4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the values and ideologies which underpin the current wave of structural reform in education

5. Design and undertake a small scale leadership project which meets organisational and personal objectives

6. Apply knowledge flexibly and creatively to create innovative solutions

7. Identify and act in accordance with ethical principles and the principles of social responsibility and social justice

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 270
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 5000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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