ULM503 The Higher Education Environment and University Governance (8)

This subject examines and builds an understanding and appreciation of contemporary governance theory and practice within the Australian and higher education context. The subject also explores the roles and responsibilities of university governance mechanisms. Particular attention is given to the participant's leadership role in university governance and the implications for ethical and financially sustainable practice within a highly politicised tertiary environment.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and
Management course.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically reflect to make sense of the complexities and contestations of leading in the academic environment;
  • be able to evaluate the impact and implications of various political, economic, social and technological changes in the tertiary education landscape on their leadership practice;
  • be able to analyse contemporary issues relevant to university governance within the dynamic higher education environment; and
  • be able to communicate and enact governance knowledge and ideas within the context of a complex and highly political internal (CSU) and external environment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The concept of the university and its transformation
  • Contemporary issues in university governance
  • Re-imagining the university

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ULM503 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Leadership portfolio development
Photo elicitation task
Macro-enviromental analysis report
Pechakucha presentation - pairs

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.