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Social leadership - leading with others - is a non-hierarchical event, which mobilizes a group towards a shared objective. In this course, students will explore the dynamics of collaboration and social capital, and their implications for leadership. Theories of group leadership, problem-solving styles and the potential of 'eco-leadership' will be surveyed and critiqued. In this course, students will reflect on and trace their participation as members of various communities: whanau, community, iwi, professional, social and so on. The course draws on the taonga of bicultural Aotearoa to consider the strengths of indigenous leadership and its resonance with and insights for community leadership globally.
We will also look at different forms of community engagement and organizing for social justice and how to best account for social and political factors that impact individual and community well-being and access to justice. With the growing emphasis on coordinated care, the transformation of systems, and policy development to promote equity and create change (whether on the local, communal, national or international level), leadership competencies will be increasingly important in collaborations and community engagement.
Students who successfully complete this course will:1. demonstrate knowledge of theories of collective leadership2. understand the implications of collaboration for leading decision-making3. be able to map own and other’s ego-networks4. identify and apply the characteristics of effective learning communities5. contribute to the development of social capital6. demonstrate rangatiratanga in achieving a social goal
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership