ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership (8)


This subject introduces students to the literature encompassing the field of educational leadership. It examines the philosophical, ethical and historical strands which underpin educational leadership as a field.  It analyses key trends in the field, both globally and across a number of Anglophone nations, such as Australia, Canada, USA and the United Kingdom. In so doing, it provides a critical examination of theories of educational leadership and their purpose within education as a profession in the 21st Century. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESA501
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in the Master of Education, the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Business
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • critically analyse the philosophical, historical and ethical strands which underpin contemporary educational leadership literature;

  • develop an understanding of the key developments in educational leadership as a field;

  • articulate an informed critique of the theoretical stances within the field and;

  • articulate links between historical and contemporary concepts of leadership and their application to students’ local settings and students’ own professional philosophies of leadership.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Constructions of leadership from historical and current perspectives;
  • Philosophical and ethical strands which underpin educational leadership; and,
  • Key theoretical trends in the field of educational leadership including critiques of these developments.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.