Leadership and Key Issues in Ageing

Subject POPH90266 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Given the global demographic changes in an ageing worldwide population, this subject focuses on providing a range of skills to support emerging leaders and professionalism in the ageing field. Effective leadership involves an advanced understanding of the global players, of decision-making, of organisational effectiveness and of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. Through a series of current case studies in the ageing field, students will explore the major theories and models of group dynamics, motivation, organisational communication, negotiation and conflict as well as further develop their emotional intelligence for personal and professional development. There could not be a more interesting and important time to actively engage with the international challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and define the key characteristics of successful leaders, studied and observed during the subject.
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the major challenges and opportunities for leadership roles in the ageing field.
  • Formulate a reflecting argument for assessing solutions and recommendations to organisational problems using the academic research and findings.
  • Develop critical reflection and self-evaluation of their personal leadership skills, if relevant, in their professional practice and work setting.

  • Weekly contribution to Online Discussions (10%)
  • Written Terms of Reference, for the way the group will operate as a team due at the beginning of Semester (5%)
  • Team Assignment that critically analyses issues in a case study and provides a set of recommendations, with structured peer review of another team’s assignment due Mid Semester (20%)
  • Peer assessment of group members due Mid Semester (5%)
  • 1,000 word reflective essay on personal and professional leadership skills due at the End of Semester (10%)
  • 2,000 word essay due at the End of Semester(50%)

Prescribed Texts:

Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • Apply research skills to make evidence-supported recommendations.
  • Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with team members.
  • Ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and everyday practice.
  • Demonstrate reflective writing skills.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Ageing
Graduate Diploma in Ageing
Master of Ageing
Master of Public Health
Specialist Certificate in Ageing

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