Transformative Leadership in Human Services

10 Units

This course responds to the need for new conceptions of leadership in Human Service Organisations. Leaders in organisations need to be able to motivate, coach, mentor and support staff in rapidly changing environments with limited resources. In this course students will learn about a variety of leadership styles as well as how to identify and develop personal strengths and abilities to be an effective leader. Emphasis will be on transformative leadership and team capacity building.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes
  1. To critically examine the values, assumptions and dominant ideas underlying leadership theory and practice in contemporary human service organisations.
  2. To provide current reference material related to leadership styles with an emphasis on transformative, strenghths-based and visionary leadership.
  3. To critically examine best-practice frameworks and strategies for effective leadership.
  4. To encourage students to critically reflect on the process of developing creative, sustainable, ethical, and responsive human service organisations.
  5. To develop students’ capacities to strengthen themselves and their team members in and through transformative leadership.
  6. To promote inclusive and diverse appraches to leadership.
  7. To contribute to research, scholarly debate and action aimed at social justice and social change.

This course will: * Review current literature and theory on leadership styles, communications, strength building, and team capacity building. * Encourage reflective thinking and students will identify and develop their own unique and effective leadership style and approach. * Assist students in experiencing the application of theoretical concepts to practice by applying authentic cases drawn from practice examples, dialogue, narrative/journal writing and discussion.

Assumed Knowledge An undergraduate degree in a relevant area, e.g. Bachelor Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Arts.
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - Callaghan Group work task and reflection (40%) Organisational based assignment requiring application of reading to practice - 60% (4000 words).
  • Other: (please specify) - Weblearn Organisational based assignment requiring application of reading to practice - 60% (4000 words). Reflective journal linked to reading 40% (2000 words)
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for SWRK62001

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