This unit will address the changing context in which Catholic schools operate and the import this has for school leaders. It will focus on the centrality of ‘mission’ in a context where the historical partnership between family, school and parish has diminished. The unit will then address the need for openness to the Spirit as we re-contextualise by drawing on the wisdom of Tradition, Scripture, church and human experience as we negotiate the needs of an increasingly pluralist school community. It will also examine the responsibilities of those aspiring to or involved in leadership under the rubrics of educational, spiritual and managerial leadership.

Unit Code: DE9663Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Education Studies

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the signs of the times as they are reflected in the context of Catholic schools


Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of mission and its import for school leadership


Critically engage issues to which those in Catholic school leadership must attend


Evaluate the roles of Tradition, Scripture, Church and human experience in the re-contextualisation of Catholic schools


Identify and describe the range of skills necessary for educational leadership

Unit sequence

10 points of Scripture and 10 points of Systematic Theology or Education or religious Education (or equivalent)


Face to face teaching, discussion, and the use of LMS, video and online resources


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

3,000 word paper focussing on the place of ‘mission’ in a Catholic school

3000 40.0

3,000 word paper focussing on the development of a vision for a Catholic school and a strategic plan to effect its implementation. This can be a paper, or an equivalent length presentation to the staff of a Catholic school. Alternatively, a topic chosen by the student may be approved after consultation.

3000 40.0

Review and reflection on online learning day 1 (750 words)

750 10.0

Review and reflection on online learning day 2 (750 words)

750 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 13:19:46 +1100