MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership (8)


This subject explores the relevance of leadership theory to students’ experience of real world issues. An investigation of the ethical dimensions of leadership in relation to the well being of organisations and the broader society provides a basis for discussions in this subject. Students will focus on leadership under pressure, in times of crisis, and in response to global issues and trends. Ethical dilemmas in leadership will also be examined. Students will be required to track and explore the dynamic nature and emerging complexity of contemporary issues and how leadership is mobilised in the face of them.

This subject will also include case studies featuring contemporary issues in leadership. Students will be required to develop and/or investigate enriched case studies of contemporary issues that allow them to apply leadership theories and explore leadership in ‘real’ situations.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 3
OnlineBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Management and Marketing

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Post graduate students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and discuss how leadership is mobilised in relation to a range of contemporary challenges;
  • be able to critically engage in discussions about the ethical dimensions of leadership;
  • be able to build a theoretical framework for the practice of leadership in the face of contemporary challenges; and
  • be able to effectively articulate and put into practice learning about leadership in the face of contemporary challenges.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ethical dimensions of leadership
  • Leadership under pressure
  • Leadership and crisis
  • Complexity leadership


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.