• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Helen Sullivan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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Leadership is now ubiquitous in prescriptions for good governance and effective public administration. And there is no shortage of advice and guidance for becoming a great leader and exercising effective leadership. Despite this, the art of leading and leadership in public administration contexts remains elusive.

This course confronts the challenges that attend leadership in the contemporary public administration environment, disentangles the evidence of ‘what works, and when’ from the hype, and equips participants with the skills to lead and influence successfully.

Participants will develop an appreciation of the many different kinds of leadership required in public administration contexts, including how to 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, real-life cases and personal experience.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key debates and thinking about the role of leadership;
  2. Exercise ethical and responsible leadership in public administration;
  3. Influence behaviour and practice across diverse cultural, developmental and institutional contexts;

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1000 word memo before the beginning of the course (25) [LO 2,3]
  2. 3000 word personal leadership strategy (75) [LO 1,2,3]

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60 hours: 20 hours in class, the remainder individual and group study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

leadership experience.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
3 units

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3.00 0.06250
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4677 01 Jul 2021 TBA TBA 30 Sep 2021 In-Person and Online N/A

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