Positive Leadership and Careers

Subject EDUC30072 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Basic knowledge of research processes.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Gavin Slemp



Subject Overview:

In this subject, students will explore positive approaches to career choice, career management, and leadership.

Students will investigate key questions such as: How much does money matter? What are the factors that promote flourishing in education and throughout one’s career? What approaches can be used to promote flourishing in ongoing learning, education, and career development practices? What is positive leadership and how can it be fostered and developed? How can positive leadership be used to help individuals and organisations to thrive?

This subject will draw on a range of reflective learning, experiential learning, and skill-building techniques and exercises to enable students to develop a tool-kit to foster flourishing over the course of their education and career.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will:

  • Develop a tool-kit they can draw from to promote positive decisions in choosing their career and managing their career, as well as in leading others.
  • Understand how positive psychology can underpin education and career choices.
  • Understand and apply positive leadership practices and frameworks.
  • Criticaly evaluate positive leadership methods and provide constructive feedback about the learning and development process.
  • Explore how positive approaches can be applied to foster ongoing learning, education, and development.
  • Analyse and apply key research and frameworks from a variety of disciplines, with a key focus on the field of positive organisational behaviour.
  • 1500-word analysis of positive leadership in practice. Due mid-semester, 35%
  • 2500-word mentor exercise and reflection journal. Due end of semester, 65%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be posted on the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • Critical and creative thinking skills will be fostered by exposure to new approaches to leadership in educational and organisational contexts.
  • Reflective and narrative skills will be furthered through introspective techniques, experiential learning and storytelling in both assignment work and in-class exercises.
  • Analytical and cognitive skills will be advanced through exposure to case studies, theoretical frameworks and research across disciplines.
  • Meaningful applications of theory will be encouraged by exposure to situations in which principles and frameworks of positive psychology can be applied to foster ongoing education and career development.
  • Written and oral communication skills will be developed through assignment work and in-class participation.
Related Breadth Track(s): Positive individuals, organisations and communities

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