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Positive Leadership and Careers (EDUC30072)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeEDUC30072
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject, students will explore positive approaches to career choice, career management, and leadership.

Students will investigate key questions such as: How much does money matter? What are the factors that promote flourishing in education and throughout one’s career? What approaches can be used to promote flourishing in ongoing learning, education, and career development practices? What is positive leadership and how can it be fostered and developed? How can positive leadership be used to help individuals and organisations to thrive?

This subject will draw on a range of reflective learning, experiential learning, and skill-building techniques and exercises to enable students to develop a tool-kit to foster flourishing over the course of their education and career.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop a tool-kit they can draw from to promote positive decisions in choosing their career and managing their career, as well as in leading others.
  • Understand how positive psychology can underpin education and career choices.
  • Understand and apply positive leadership practices and frameworks.
  • Critically evaluate positive leadership methods and provide constructive feedback about the learning and development process.
  • Explore how positive approaches can be applied to foster ongoing learning, education, and development.
  • Analyse and apply key research and frameworks from a variety of disciplines, with a key focus on the field of positive organisational behaviour.

Generic skills

  • Critical and creative thinking skills will be fostered by exposure to new approaches to leadership in educational and organisational contexts.
  • Reflective and narrative skills will be furthered through introspective techniques, experiential learning and storytelling in both assignment work and in-class exercises.
  • Analytical and cognitive skills will be advanced through exposure to case studies, theoretical frameworks and research across disciplines.
  • Meaningful applications of theory will be encouraged by exposure to situations in which principles and frameworks of positive psychology can be applied to foster ongoing education and career development.
  • Written and oral communication skills will be developed through assignment work and in-class participation.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Basic knowledge of research processes.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details


  • Analysis of positive organisational scholarship area (1500 words). Due mid-semester, 35%
  • e-Portolio (equivalent to 2500 words). Due end of semester, 65%

Hurdle requirements:

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Winter Term
    CoordinatorRachel Colla
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period15 July 2019 to 26 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 July 2019
    Census date19 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 July 2019
    Assessment period ends 2 August 2019

    Winter Term contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be posted on the LMS.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019