• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Helen Sullivan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2020
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In 2020 the in-class days are Aug 7, 28, 31; Oct 2, 9, 26

Leadership has been a critical element in governance as long as human societies have existed.  Yet the art of effective leadership too often remains a mystery.  This course explores the challenges that attend leadership in the public policy process, and it equips pariticapnts with the skills to surmount those challenges.  How do leaders build effective teams, oversee organisational change, work across institutional boundaries, and operate in a global context?  Class sessions explore these and additional questions, drawing on scholarly debates and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key debates and thinking about the role of leadership;
2) Exercise ethical and responsible leadership in the policy process;
3) Influence debates and analysis of public policy issues and practical challenges across diverse cultural, developmental and institutional contexts;
4) Demonstrate an applied understanding of the elements of effective teams and how to lead in different governance contexts;
5) Demonstrate an understanding of how to exercise effective leadership while working across institutions and in global contexts.

Indicative Assessment

• Team-building paper (20%): Students are asked to pick one example of successful team-building from their experience and explain in a 500-word paper whether it confirms or defies the conventional wisdom in this regard.  What were the major challenges?  How might (even) more effective teamwork have been established? (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 4) (20%)

• Intelligence briefing (30%):  Students are to imagine that they have been posted to an embassy abroad to write an intelligence assessment of one of that country’s top current leaders.  The task is to write a concise, 1000-word memo that explains how the leader is transforming an important organisation within their country.  Explain how the leader is approaching this task, how successful he or she has been thus far, and what the lessons and implications are for your government. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3)

• Case study analysis (50%): Working in small groups, students will analyse a case study that highlights the way in which globalisation challenges leaders to work across institutions and operate in a global context.  Students will give a short group presentation (worth 10%) and write a 2,500-word paper (worth 40%) about their case. (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 5) 

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

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120 hours: 40 hours in class and the remainder in individual and group study

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Policy.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9612 01 Aug 2020 07 Aug 2020 09 Oct 2020 26 Nov 2020 In Person N/A

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