• Class Number 9223
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sally Curtis
    • Dr Sally Curtis
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

Leaders are frequently faced with making decisions where there is a need to consider the interests of business and society. Given the tensions that often exist in this decision making process, the question is, how can leaders balance competing stakeholder interests and deliver positive results for both their organisation and for society? This question is the central concern of this course. The course recognises that while shareholders are an important stakeholder of business, the behaviours and decisions of leaders have an impact on a range of other stakeholders including employees, communities, suppliers and consumers. The course aims to develop leadership capability to manage a range of stakeholder interests and deliver results using pro-social frameworks. It is delivered in two complementary modules.  The first module will provide students with relevant foundational theories, concepts and frameworks to examine key stakeholder groups impacted by leadership decisions and behaviours. A critical aspect of this module is examining leadership impact – what is it and how is it measured? This module combines an evidence-based approach with practice where students will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers and grapple with scenarios requiring leaders to balance a range of stakeholder interests. The second module examines the leadership mechanisms required to deliver positive societal impact across the stakeholder groups examined in the first module. This unique course is designed for students who lead, or aspire to lead, teams and organisations in the private sector, not-for-profit sector or civil service that deliver results which are beneficial for society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify through research the range of ways that leaders have an impact at a societal level (EBM: Ask and Remember)
  2. Explain the changing nature of expectations for the role of business in society and the resulting demands placed on leaders; (EBM: Acquire and Understand)
  3. Critique relevant pro-social leadership theories and the role of leaders in achieving a positive societal impact; (EBM: Appraise and Adapt)
  4. Integrate frameworks to assist leaders in managing a range of stakeholder interests; (EBM: Aggregate and Analyse)
  5. Consider the leadership mechanisms involved with achieving impact; (EBM: Apply and Evaluate)
  6. Develop personal awareness by reflecting on the leadership capability required to deliver positive results for society (EBM: Assess and Create).  

Research-Led Teaching

This course is underpinned by a conceptual framework that explains the relationship between leadership and positive societal impact. The conceptual framework is informed by research and presents the leadership factors that predict positive social impact and how leaders can achieve positive societal impact.

Field Trips

There are no field trips for this course.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment

There is no examination for this course.

Required Resources

Readings will be provided on Wattle for this course.

Recommended resources will be provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Overview and Introduction
2 What is Societal Impact and Why is it Important?
3 Positive Societal Impact: The role of the leader - Character
4 Positive Societal Impact: The role of the leader - Ethics and Values pt. 1
5 Positive Societal Impact: The role of the leader - Ethics and Values pt. 2 Due 23 August: Values in Action Case Brief (Individual Assignment)
6 Positive Societal Impact: The role of the leader - Ethics and Values pt. 3
7 Values in Action Group Presentations Due 19 Sept: Values in Action Written Case and Presentation (Group Assignment)
8 Leadership in Action: Power and Influence
9 Pro-Social Leadership in Action: Stakeholder Perspective
10 Pro-Social Leadership in Action: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
11 Pro-Social Leadership in Action: Political Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusive Business
12 Course Conclusion Due 25 Oct: Final Paper

Tutorial Registration

There are no tutorials for this course.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar Contribution 10 % 24/07/2019 25/10/2019 1,3,6
Values in Action Case Proposal (Individual Assignment) 10 % 23/08/2019 30/08/2019 1,2,3
Values in Action Case (Group Assignment) 40 % 18/09/2019 02/10/2019 1,2,4,5,6
Final Paper: Leadership, Power and Social Impact 40 % 25/10/2019 28/11/2019 3,4,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is expected in all classes and assessments


This course has no formal exam

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,6

Seminar Contribution

It is expected that students will be present and prepared for every class and share views in the seminar discussions and activities. The following criteria will be used to assess seminar contribution:

  1. Demonstrate through class discussion an understanding of the range of ways that leaders have an impact at a societal level;
  2. Quality of contribution to seminar discussions. The contribution should demonstrate that students come to class prepared;
  3. Active participation in seminar activities that demonstrate an ability to critique relevant pro-social leadership theories and the role of leaders in achieving a positive societal impact ;
  4. Demonstrate an ability to apply new concepts and be open to challenging existing mindsets in order to develop personal awareness by reflecting on the leadership capability required to deliver positive results for society;
  5. Demonstrate respect to fellow students and the course convenor by listening and being present in class (this means being physically and mentally present and not being distracted by technology in seminars);

N.B. Students will not receive marks for simply attending seminars, the assessment is based on the quality of contribution to seminar discussions

Students will be assessed on their average contribution across all seminars throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 23/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Values in Action Case Proposal (Individual Assignment)

In seminar 4 and 5 we will examine ethics and values. These seminars will focus on identifying and practicing actionable strategies for voicing and enacting values-driven leadership. The purpose of this assignment is to assess student's understanding of, and ability to apply the frameworks, discussed in these seminars. The assignment, completed by individuals, is to present a brief case scenario describing a specific workplace-values conflict from the student’s own experience (that is, from your own experience), and to generate and share a preliminary analysis and action plan for voicing and acting on your values. Alternatively if necessary, you may use a situation that you have witnessed or read about.

Further instructions will be provided in class and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.

Due: 4pm Friday 23 August via Turnitin

2-4 pages, 12pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, normal margins

Return of assessment: 30 August

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 18/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6

Values in Action Case (Group Assignment)

The Course Convenor will select the best proposals submitted by students in the individual assignment and, with the permission of the student, these cases will be used as the basis for this group assignment. Students will work in teams of four (4) to further develop the case. The case needs to provide an overview of the situation , explain what actually happened and then provide a case analysis, action plan and script for voicing and acting on your values.

This assignment requires students to respect confidentiality for every individual involved in the situation discussed, as well as for the relevant organisation/s. Use disguised or generic names for the individuals and organisations, both in your written work and in your group discussions. And remind your team regularly that their agreement to respect confidentiality is a condition for this project.

Teams will begin work on this assignment in Seminar 6. Teams are required to submit an overview of the case, action plan and script in writing. Teams are also required to deliver a 20min presentation that provides an overview of the case, action plan and script in Seminar 7. This presentation needs to be informative and focused on teaching other students how to voice and act on their values. The assignment will be assessed as follows:

Written paper - 20%

Presentation - 10%

Individual Contribution - 10% (based on a peer evaluation and participation in Seminar 7)

Further instructions and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle and in Seminar 6.

Presentation Due: Seminar 7

Written Case Due: 5pm Wed 18 Sept via Turnitin

Length of Written Case: 13-15 pages, 12pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, normal margins (excluding the reference list)

Return of assessment: 2 Oct.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,6

Final Paper: Leadership, Power and Social Impact

In this final assessment, students are required to draw on the lessons from Seminar 8 on the topic of power and influence and discuss these lessons as they relate to how a leader can achieve positive societal impact. Students are required to reflect on how they intend to apply these lessons in practice.

Further instructions and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.

Individual Assessment

3,000 words

Due: 4pm Friday 25 October via Turnitin

Return: After release of Final Grades

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be marked and where appropriate feedback will be provided either: in class, or in person by appointment with the course lecturer, or via the course Wattle site.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Unless specified otherwise in the assignment requirements, resubmissions are permitted up until the due date and time, but not allowed afterwards.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Sally Curtis
02 6125 1107

Research Interests

Sally's research focuses on how leaders and organisations can bring about positive social change. Specifically, social innovation and inclusive business in developing economies.

Dr Sally Curtis

Wednesday 11:00 12:00
Wednesday 10:30 12:00
Dr Sally Curtis
02 6125 1107

Research Interests

Dr Sally Curtis

Wednesday 11:00 12:00
Wednesday 10:30 12:00

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