Transformative Leadership in Human Services

Course code SWRK6200Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. 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.
ContentThis 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.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAn undergraduate degree in a relevant area, e.g. Bachelor Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Arts.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
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 HoursWorkshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK6200