Ethical Leadership

Subject MULT90016 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 14-Feb-2016 to 19-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 30-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 15-Feb-2016
Census Date 04-Apr-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-Apr-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Total contact hours 42 consisting of: 1 x day (7 hr) Introduction (Lectures, seminars, workshops) and 5-Day Intensive (lectures, seminars, workshops) 7hrs per day x 5 days.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




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Core Participation Requirements:

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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Emmaline Bexley


Dr Emmaline Bexley

Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Elisabeth Murdoch Building

+61 3 8344 8436

Subject Overview:

Ethical Leadership is the GCALL’s foundation subject, offered as a week-long residential intensive. It provides doctoral candidates an interdisciplinary breadth and cohort experience, and the opportunity to study the history, principles and practices of ethical leadership. The course will be taught through a mixed mode of seminars, lectures, workshops and case studies, with an emphasis on collaborative learning and team-based problem solving. Topics covered include: an introduction to philosophies of power and leadership from antiquity to the present day; the self in leadership; global sector trends and cultures of leadership across educational, corporate, Government and non-Government organisations; inter-professional relationships in practice.

Learning Outcomes:

Doctoral candidates who complete this subject will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge commensurate with the depth of their disciplinary expertise;
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with key thinkers in the history and philosophy of leadership from antiquity to the present day;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the complex social, ethical and cultural contexts of leadership;
  • Communicate this understanding effectively through oral and written presentations;
  • Articulate their own personal and social values in this context.

One seminar presentation during the intensive and a paper equivalent to 2000 words due 2 weeks after the intensive (30%); one 6000 word reflective essay or journal due 6 weeks after the intensive(70%).

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be made available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Doctoral candidates who complete this subject will be able to :

  • Apply research skills and specialist knowledge in new contexts;
  • Analyse leadership structures in a range of contexts from a variety of different perspectives;
  • Identify and develop key learning and leadership strengths in themselves and their peers;
  • Communicate effectively to non-specialists.
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This subject is available on a part-time basis only.

Requisites require a formal application including written endorsement from the supervisor, to be approved by the course coordinator.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership

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