PSYC5559 Leadership

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Leadership is a key variable affecting individual, group, and organisational performance. In this unit students will explore major concepts, models and theories of leadership, including both conventional and alternative perspectives. Through critical discussion of leadership research and its practical applications in a range of organisational contexts, students will develop the knowledge and skills required to be an effective leader. In the unit, exercises, self-assessments, and case study analysis will be used to develop personal and interpersonal leadership skills and capabilities. Students will work together on a small group project to deepen their understanding of various leadership topics and practice shared leadership. Students will also be tasked with the development of plans and actions to improve leadership competencies beyond the unit.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, models and theories of leadership; (2) critically evaluate the usefulness of both conventional and alternative perspectives on leadership for a variety of work settings and situations; (3) work dynamically as a team to explore leadership and practice; and (4) analyse leadership development needs and develop an action plan to improve leadership potential.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) small group project; (2) quizzes; and (3) leadership development plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darja Kragt
Unit rules
Enrolment in 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology,
01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology,
73550 Master of Business Psychology,
73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology.
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Readings will consist of scientific publications to be provided via the Learning Management System.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.