Developing as a strategic leader in global contexts EDUC5936

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to enable experienced, senior educational leaders to develop as a strategic leader to an advanced level, through professional pedagogies which will facilitate critical reflection on leadership practice, promote interrogation of current and future drivers for change and develop skills in defining, planning and implementing strategic approaches in global contexts.


10 week online course.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



The written assignment consists of an analysis of current and future policy contexts for education, the  implications for strategic and system-level leadership and the student's current and prospective capability as a strategic leader (3,000 words). (80%)


The written assignment is complemented by a professional portfolio which includes the self evaluation tool, with analysis of responses and feedback; artifacts evidencing the student's development as a leader, accompanied by 1000 word reflective commentary through which key areas for development in leadership practice are identified. (20%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable participants to gain further theoretical and applied understandings about strategic and system level leadership in globalising contexts and through this, develop the advanced skills, global competences and personal attributes to operate as system-level leaders.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Review and critique theoretical and applied approaches to strategic and system-level leadership in education, nationally and transnationally.

■ Examine and analyse critically current and future policy trends and articulate the implications for strategic and system-level leadership, drawing from research and academic literature.

■ Reflect critically and evaluate systemically own leadership practice (using appropriate evaluation tool) and plan for future development.

■ Articulate the relationship between their professional values and personal commitment in their role as a strategic and system-level leader.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.