Educational Leadership and Policy

EDU80019 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + Blended and Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21


EDU80020 Professional Experience 2
EDU80051 Professional Experience 2 

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on developing what it means to be a leader in a contemporary educational setting. It explores key challenges in developing leadership capabilities. Contemporary theories about educational leadership are examined in a national context, and pre-service teachers will be encouraged to reflect on current and likely future issues facing schools and school leaders. The content around these topics will add to pre-service teachers’ understanding of the dynamics between leadership, culture and change, and the challenges for leaders. Pre-service teachers will develop skills to make sense of, and constructively respond to, policies within organisational contexts.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Express advanced mastery of theoretical knowledge and professional practice in leadership studies.
2. Design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments in leadership that contribute to greater understandings and improvements in professional practice.
3. Integrate knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in supervising and/or appraising staff.
4. Critically analyse how policies and programs shape education.
5. Critically analyse contemporary education reform agendas both within Australia and globally; including an understanding of key national and international stakeholders.