Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
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.
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
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
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.
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