Students will examine leadership, organizational and change theory and the skills required for leaders to lead organizations and communities in the context of the changing demographics and increasing diversity. Students will be introduced the emerging practice of diversity as central to leadership theory and practice, the holistic nature of diversity, social justice within a diverse society, and the role it has in contributing to effective and appropriate leadership in the midst of rapid change.

Consideration of multicultural, intercultural perspectives and partnerships, specifically, those between Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples and Western culture are a focal aspect of this unit. The development of knowledge, skill and leadership attributes that support inclusion and promote unity are a core part of the learning journey. Students will assess individual, societal and organizational values and beliefs systems, examine personal/professional leadership skills, reflect on and create a personal leadership development plan that is conducive to their context.

Unit code: DP9724W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the development of leadership and organizational philosophy, theory and practices, and the relationship between each


Apply insights from leadership and organizational philosophy to leadership practice


Analyse the differences in approach between Western and Indigenous ways of leadership with reference to diverse ways of knowing and being


Review cases of successful and unsuccessful leadership in the light of theory and literature


Adapt successful leadership models and promising practices to plan for leadership in particular contexts

Unit sequence

This unit builds on foundational units within the NAIITS Indigenous learning program. Students will have completed at least DA8002W Indigenous Practical Theology Symposium and DA8102W Introduction to Theology – Indigenous.


Reading comprehension quizzes, online synchronous discussions, forums, reading exercises. There will be mini-lecture sequences, students will be expected to complete readings assigned to participate

Indicative Bibliography

  • Boleman, L. G. & Deal, T. E. Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass., 2008
  • Fullan, M. Leading in a Culture of Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2007
  • Havea, Jione, ed. Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology: Cross-cultural Engagement. Springer, 2014.
  • Hunt, Janet, Diane Smith, Stephanie Garling, and Will Sanders, eds. Contested governance: culture, power and institutions in Indigenous Australia. Vol. 29. ANU E Press, 2008.
  • Jenkins, Philip. The next Christendom: The coming of global Christianity. OUP USA, 2011.
  • Kenny, Carolyn, and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser, eds. Living Indigenous leadership: Native narratives on building strong communities. UBC Press, 2012.
  • Kwok, Pui-lan, ed. Hope abundant: Third world and indigenous women's theology. Orbis Books, 2010.
  • Northouse, P. G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 7th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc, 2015.
  • Voyageur, C., Brearley, L., & Calliou, B., Eds. Restorying Indigenous Leadership: Wise Practices in Community Development. 2nd ed. Banff, AB: Banff Centre Press, 2015.
  • Miller, J. R. Skyscrapers hide the heavens: A history of Indian-white relations in Canada. 3rd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Report 1000 words

1000 20.0

Essay – 4000 words

4000 40.0
Critical Review

Critical Review 1000 words

1000 20.0
Oral Presentation

Oral Presentation 1000 words

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 15:55:04 +1100