EDUC 5913 RT

Theoretical Perspectives on Leadership

This course is intended to familiarize students with past and present thinking on leadership, especially as it applies to educational settings. Consideration is given to previous research on leadership, including that on traits, behaviour, situational leadership, and charismatic leadership. The course moves towards a focus on democratic and inclusive forms of educative leadership.

From Course Syllabus:
Education 5913 is a half course seminar focusing on the theory and practice of leadership, with an overarching emphasis on critical, democratic, and humanizing approaches to leadership in educational organizations. The course is offered in six modules: 
•M1 Stage: Dialogues on leadership
•M2 Context: School structures and cultures
•M3 Breadth: Collaborative and distributive leadership
•M4 Emphasis: Leadership for learning
•M5 Inclusion: Leadership for justice and dignity
•M6 Vital: Impactful leadership

Instructor: David MacKinnon
Course Type: Online; Continuous-intake. Register anytime and learn at your own pace

Traditional approaches to leadership focus primarily on the attainment of organizational goals, utilizing both task- and people-oriented leadership actions. Critical approaches to leadership adopt a different focus: democratic action, social justice, and human dignity. While the latter does not dismiss the need for a focus on goals, it gives primary attention to moral and ethical questions and the social and personal implications of leadership action.

Following from this, the primary purpose of the course is to engage participants in a critical dialogue on the multiple facets of leadership as exposed through the modules, online dialogue, and course assignments.