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MPM772 - An Act of Leadership

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne) Intensive

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne) Intensive

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

J Billsberry 





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Contact hours:

The unit will be taught in intensive mode at Burwood (Melbourne) on the following dates:

  • T2: 15 Aug - 20Aug 2016 (intra-trimester break)
  • T3: 31 Oct - 5 Nov 2016 (inter-trimester break)


Students please note: There is an additional charge of $750 for this unit to pay for an evening meal (served at 6pm Monday to Friday) and professional actors and film-makers who are involved in the assessment activities.  Australian Government rules mean that we must offer a surcharge-free option.  If you opt for this route, it will mean that you must supply all your own food and will be unable to work with the professional actors and film-makers.  For further information, please contact Professor Jon Billsberry at j.billsberry@deakin.edu.au .


This unit is designed for students undertaking studies in leadership. The purpose of the unit is to introduce students to social construction and how it is applied to leadership. Whilst students will have received a general introduction to leadership theories in Principles of Leadership, this unit is intended to provide the main underpinning theory for the Masters of Leadership; i.e., the social construction of leadership, aka constitutive leadership. The unit will be taught at a week-long residential school. In addition to some theoretical input through readings and interactive classes, this unit will make extensive use of film as its pedagogical method. To explore the nature of social construction, students will analyse leadership in films and to understand how observers’ perceptions might be altered, they will produce short films emphasising and de-emphasising a character as a leader.


Assessment 1 (Group of 2-3 students) - Written Assignment (1000 words) - 20%

Assessment 2 (Group of 2-3 students) - Video activity 1 - 40%; Video Activity 2 - 20%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Written Assignment (3000 words) - 20%

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