SCU OnlineStudy Period 3Study Period 3

Unit description

Explores the broad social and political terrain across which educational leaders operate, at state, national and global levels. Students will critically engage with current perspectives of educational reform and their associated criticisms.The disruptive and/or empowering influences of technology upon education and school leadership will be explored and analysed. Probable, possible and preferable future scenarios of change in educational contexts will also be examined.

Unit content

Topic 1: A ‘tsunami’ of change: an introduction to contemporary educational contexts. 

Topic 2: Educational reform policies: local, national and global agendas.

Topic 3: Engaging and working with parents and the community.

Topic 4: Influences of, and responses to, technological change in educational contexts. 

Topic 5: Future scenarios of contextual change influencing educational environments. 

Topic 6: Challenges and opportunities for educational leadership in times of exponential change.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Discussion board5%
Case study45%
Situational Analysis50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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