Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicholas Allix


This unit is designed to engage students in local and global networks and communities of practice so as to expand their perspective on the immediate and larger context for their work as school leaders. This unit will expand the notion of integrated lenses including the following: law, politics and policy, economics, social and cultural challenges and opportunities, information and communication technology (ICT) mediated learning and participation in professional communities. The unit is to be offered as the required third unit of study in the Master in School Leadership course, usually taken in their third semester of part-time study.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. engage in meaningful consideration of the broader issues of school and society as these pertain to school leadership
  2. use key concepts in social, cultural, philosophical, political, economic and other perspectives as lenses through which to consider their decision making practices
  3. apply their learning from module 1) School and Society and module 2) Media, Politics Power and Policy in the context of a network development project that complements their action research project
  4. demonstrate awareness of the use of evidence as a basis for school improvement through data analysis
  5. read with discernment and write appropriately and substantially as a professional/scholarly action researcher in preparation of the ethics application for their projects as a result of further development of their research design.


Literature review (5000 words, 70%)
Ethics application for submission to Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC) (3000 words equivalent, 30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact/online learning hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week