• Class Number 5823
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sally Curtis
    • Dr Sally Curtis
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course examines the range of ways that leaders have a social impact in everyday social interactions with others through to making strategic decisions that impact a range of stakeholders. Drawing on research from a range of disciplines including organisational psychology, sociology, philosophy, and management science students taking this course will acquire knowledge and practical skills to enable them to grapple with ethical dilemmas and exercise power to achieve organisational outcomes and create a more equitable and inclusive society. Specifically, the course focuses on developing the following leader capabilities:

  • Intrapersonal – problem solving and decision-making when value-conflicts exist, personal courage to speak-up, resilience for personal wellbeing, being proactive.
  • Interpersonal – understanding power dynamics in society and organisations, emotional intelligence, conflict management when value-conflicts arise.
  • Management – managing complexity, advocating for change, critical thinking and strategic management.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify through research the range of ways that leaders have a social impact (Ask & Remember);
  2. Explain how leaders can use and abuse power (Acquire & Understand);
  3. Critique relevant pro-social leadership theories and the role of leaders in achieving a positive societal impact (Appraise & Adapt);
  4. Integrate frameworks to make decisions involving ethical dilemmas (Aggregate & Analyse);
  5. Consider the intra- and interpersonal competencies involved with achieving a positive social impact (Apply & Evaluate);
  6. Develop personal awareness by reflecting on the leadership capability required to make decisions that balance social and economic goals (Assess & Create).

Research-Led Teaching

This course examines social impact - work that involves addressing social challenges. In the first part of the course, students consider their personal social impact identity, which evidence suggests is an important pre-cursor for achieving social impact. In the seocnd part of the course, students learn about, and put into practise, a process for designing interventions to achieve social impact and address complex social challenges. The course draws on research conducted by the course convenor and world-class research on social impact.

Field Trips

There are no field trips for this course.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment

There are no examinations in this course.

Required Resources

Readings will be provided on Wattle in Week 1 and then as necessary.

Recommended resources will be provided on Wattle in Week 1 and then as necessary.

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

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 Seminar participation
2 What is social impact and why is it important? Seminar participation
3 Leading social impact: Personal stories Seminar participation
4 Leading social impact: Personal stories and coaching Seminar participation
5 Leading Social impact: Student presentations Seminar participation. Due 10am Mon 21 August: Leading social impact presentation (individual assignment)
6 Week 1-6 Learning consolidation & Wicked Problems (Guest Speaker) Seminar participation. Due 4pm Wed 30 August: Critical analysis of leading social impact presentation.
7 Social impact design: A process model and problem diagnosis Seminar participation
8 Social impact design: interventions and theory of change Seminar participation.
9 Social impact project work (no seminar this week) Individual groups meet with Course Convenor about social impact project
10 Social impact design: implementation, evaluation and adaption Seminar participation
11 Social impact project pitch Seminar participation. Due 10am Mon 16 Oct: Social impact project pitch (group assignment)
12 Social impact power dynamics: in-class simulation Seminar participation
13 No classes this week. Due 4pm Friday 3 November: Power simulation and final reflection due (individual assignment)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. There are no tutorials for this course, only a three hour seminar.

This course is delivered in seminar mode of 3 hours per week.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar participation (Individual assignment) - 10% 10 % 24/07/2023 27/10/2023 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6
Leading social impact presentation: Galvanising collective action (individual assignment) - 20% 20 % 21/08/2023 13/10/2023 1, 2, 3
Leading social impact presentation critical analysis (individual assignment) - 20% 20 % 30/08/2023 13/10/2023 4, 5
Social impact project (group assignment) - 20% 20 % 16/10/2023 30/10/2023 4, 5, 6
Power simulation reflection (individual assignment) - 30% 30 % 03/11/2023 03/12/2023 4, 5, 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.


Students are expected to participate in all seminars, as well as all items of assessment in line with 'Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning", clause 2 paragraph (b).

The course will be taught face-to-face.


There are no examinations in this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 27/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6

Seminar participation (Individual assignment) - 10%

Seminars provide a forum for structured discussion, problem-solving, argument, and opinion on topics and issues canvassed in this course. Each student is expected to make a consistent, informed, and considered contribution to seminar discussion and debate. Students are also encouraged to ask considered and relevant questions.

Specific requirements: The following criteria will be used for assessment:

  • Quality of contribution to seminar discussions. The contribution should demonstrate that students come to class prepared e.g. read required materials;
  • Active participation in seminar activities;
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply concepts and theories presented in the course.
  • Submission of short handwritten responses to exercises in some seminars.
  • N.B. Students will not receive marks for simply attending seminars, the assessment is based on the quality of contribution to seminar discussions.

Due: All seminars. The assessment is worth a total of 10%.

Assessment feedback: An indicative mark and feedback based on week 1-6 seminar participation performance will be provided by Thursday 31 August. This written feedback will be provided and available on the Wattle course site. A final mark will be provided by Friday 27 October.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 13/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Leading social impact presentation: Galvanising collective action (individual assignment) - 20%

Leaders seeking to address social challenges often need to inspire others to take action. This assessment aims to develop students' ability to craft and present a narrative to galvanise collective action. Students will receive further information and guidance about this values-based approach to constructing a leader identity in seminar 3 and 4. Students will also coach each other for this assessment. The assessment requires students to present their 3-5 minute narrative to the class in the week 5 seminar. No presentation slides are allowed for this assessment. The presentations will be recorded and students will use the recording to aid with assessment task 3 (Presentation critical analysis).

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

Due: 10am Mon 21 August (presentation during weekly seminar)

3-5min presentation

Return of assessment with feedback: Wed 13 Sept (the presentation and critical analysis, assessment task 3, will be marked together).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 13/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5

Leading social impact presentation critical analysis (individual assignment) - 20%

Students are required to watch their recorded video presentation from the week 5 seminar, available on ECHO360, and write a critical analysis of the presentation. The written critical analysis should include what worked well and what needed to be improved in the presentation.

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

1,000 words excluding references (+/-10% of 1,000 is acceptable. If an assignment exceeds this word limit, the portion of the assignment exceeding the word limit will not be marked);

Due: 4pm Wed 30 August via Turnitin.

Return of assessment with feedback: Wed 13 Sept (the presentation, assessment 2, and critical analysis, will be marked together).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 16/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5, 6

Social impact project (group assignment) - 20%

In this assessment, students will work in groups of 3-4 to design a social impact project that addresses a social challenge. Groups will select a social challenge from student presentations in the first part of the course and students will work on a social challenge where they have a lived experience of the challenge.

Students can form their own groups or request assistance from the course convenor. Groups will be finalised in the week 7 seminar. Groups will prepare a social impact project pitch and deliver this in the week 11 seminar. No written report is required, students will be assessed on their ability to present a convincing pitch that applies the social impact process model covered in seminars. Presentations will be recorded and presentation slides should be emailed to the course convenor on the day of the presentation. The presentation slides should include citations and a reference list. The group can decide who presents, there is no requirement for all students to deliver the presentation, however, all students must be present at the time of delivery. Groups are required to share a draft presentation and meet with the course convenor in week 9 to receive feedback on this assignment before finalising it and presenting it in week 11.

Marking Criteria: Further instructions on the task and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle in week 6.

Presentation - 15-20 minutes + 10 minutes Q&A - Presentations are recorded for review purposes.

Presentation and presentation slides due: Monday 16 October during weekly seminar (week 11).

There will be a peer evaluation for the group assignment and the course convenor will use this to decide whether all students in the group receive the same mark for the group assignment.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 03/12/2023
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5, 6

Power simulation reflection (individual assignment) - 30%

In this final assessment, students are required to reflect on their experience of participating in the Seminar 12 simulation on the topic of power and discuss the personal implications arising from this experience. Students will be provided with a more detailed assignment brief following the simulation. WIthholding the detailed assignment brief until students have participated in the simulation is important to maximise the simulation learning experience.

This assignment must comply with the following requirements:

2,000 words excluding references (+/-10% of 2,000 is acceptable. If an assignment exceeds this word limit, the portion of the assignment exceeding the word limit will not be marked);

Harvard referencing.

Due date: 4pm Friday 3 November 2023

Submit via Turnitin on the course Wattle site. Revise and resubmit using Turnitin is possible for assignments submitted more than 24 hours before the deadline. Assignments submitted to Turnitin within 24 hours of the deadline cannot be revised.

Making Criteria: Further instructions and a marking rubric will be made available in-class in week 12 and on Wattle.

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 the nexus between leaders, organisations and social impact.

Dr Sally Curtis

Tuesday 13:30 14:30
Tuesday 13:30 14:30
Dr Sally Curtis
02 6125 1107

Research Interests

Dr Sally Curtis

Tuesday 13:30 14:30
Tuesday 13:30 14:30

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