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 Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT559. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Post graduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge


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.


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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.