SOCCLEAD 703 : Leadership, Ethics, Systems

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Effective social and community leadership requires a critical ethical and analytic foundation. Themes examined include ethical leadership values aligned to social justice, in combination with the capacity for analysis of complex social issues, systems, and change processes. Leadership that honours the Treaty of Waitangi, diversity, and equity, and formulates actions based on these values will be explored.

Course Overview

Tēnā koutou - Talofa - Mālō e lelei - Nǐ hǎo - Welcome to SOCCLEAD 703
This is one of two core courses which make up the postgraduate Social and Community Leadership (SCL) programme. This course will allow you to critically reflect on and apply a range of core personal, relational, and systemic success factors relevant to leadership in the social and community sector. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: SOCCLEAD 700

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of theories and models of effective leadership (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)
  2. Critically evaluate strengths and challenges associated with ethical leadership exercised in and across relational and organisational contexts (Capability 1.3 and 2.2)
  3. Demonstrate understanding of systems and cross-sector leadership thinking (Capability 1.1 and 3.1)
  4. Articulate and defend elements of leadership relevant to your context (Capability 2.3 and 6.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 25% Individual Coursework
Assignments 25% Individual Coursework
Project 50% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4

To pass this course students must submit all assessment tasks and get an overall course mark of at least 50%

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 20 hours of lectures, 16 hours of engagement in discussion forums, up to 100 hours of reading and reflecting on content and up to 100 hours of content application / work on assignments.

Delivery Mode


To complete the course, participation is expected at scheduled synchronous online activities  from 9:30am-12:30pm on: 28 July, 11 August, 25 August, 15 September, 29 September, and 20 October. In addition, two afternoon sessions are scheduled for: 15 September and 20 October, from 1pm-3pm. Zoom links will be made available on Canvas. The sessions will include live online lectures, group discussions, and panel discussions with invited guests. Only some of these will be recorded.

Attendance on campus is not required, but in-person meetings can be arranged on request.

Some of the study material will be available at course commencement and more will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Changes to the course will be made in the coming year based on feedback from students this year.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 06/11/2022 08:47 a.m.