EDEM608-23SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2023 start (Distance)

Understanding Emotions in Education, Leadership and Health

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 November 2023
End Date: Sunday, 11 February 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 November 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 January 2024


This course is designed to specifically address current interest in emotions and emotional intelligence in teaching, learning and leadership. Current research findings and interdisciplinary theories of emotion will be explored, discussed, critiqued and applied as relevant to the overall bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand, and situated within the individual contexts of the participants. Participants will engage with and adapt a research-informed theory of emotional intelligence that has been applied in international research, in ways that are relevant to their daily lives, and /or support their pedagogical or relevant professional practice. This course will be of interest not only to teachers, educators, and leaders, but also to managers, coaches, human resource professionals, psychologists, parents, students and anyone who is interested in understanding emotions in themselves and others.

Emotions matter. Emotions serve important functions in our daily lives. They underpin our decision-making, our learning, creativity and relationships, our personal wellbeing, resilience and ability to cope with change. In daily life, emotions communicate information about our own and others’ thoughts, goals and behaviours. Emotions fill the interpersonal and cultural spaces between people. Teaching is arguably an “emotional practice” with emotions at the “heart of teaching” (Hargreaves, 1998, p.835).

Students who attended this course over the past eight summer schools have consistently rated it highly overall. Feedback comments include: “Very worthwhile”; “An extremely valuable course which should be a must for all practicing and aspiring teachers/educators/leaders”; “It is life changing! I can’t rave enough about it”; “Great course: Should be compulsory”: “Thanks for running this course. It should be compulsory”; “Do it!”.

As soon as you are able to access Learn when you are enrolled, you can start browsing the Learn site for EDEM608.  You will find a set of interesting Introductory Activities that contribute to your assessment tasks as well.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Analyse, discuss and critically evaluate key theories of emotion, including Māori perspectives.
2. Critically evaluate current research and key literature related to emotion, emotional intelligence theory, emotional literacy, emotion regulation, social emotional learning (SEL) and wellbeing, including Māori perspectives.
3. Explore the relevance of SEL, emotion and emotional intelligence theories to culturally responsive practices.
4. Evaluate, describe and apply one or more relevant research-informed model/s of emotion and emotional intelligence development to their individual context/s.
5. Explore the connections between SEL and key Pasifika cultural values and the impact on education/learning.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.

Timetable Note

The course will officially commence online from Monday 13th November, 2023, with our first Zoom meeting scheduled for Tuesday 14th November from 5.00 – 7:00pm. Please note this slightly later meeting time compared to previous years, based on previous participants’ feedback.
Zoom Meeting Schedule

Tuesdays 5:00 - 7:00pm as follows:

14 November, 2023  
28 November, 2023  
12 December, 2023

December Summer School Lectures end 15 December 2023

UC Christmas Break Thursday 23 Dec 2021 to Wednesday 4 Jan 2023

January Summer School Lectures Resume 8 January 2024

09 January 2024  Zoom meeting to be confirmed

30 January 2024  Final Zoom Meeting

All zoom meetings will be recorded and available to all participants.

Course Coordinator / Lecturers

Veronica O'Toole and Anne Horton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective Journal 10 Dec 2023 45% Experiential reflection and summative evaluation of an Emotion/Mood diary to be kept over three weeks, as a brief self-study research report. (3000- 3500 words)
Literature Review 09 Feb 2024 55% Focusing on readings and emotion theories that are relevant to the participant's individual context. (3500 words)

Textbooks / Resources

All required readings will be provided through Learn.

Library Reference Texts

Keltner, D. Oatley, K. & Jenkins, J. M. (2014) Understanding emotions (3rd Ed.) Wiley, 2018.

Strongman, K.T. (2003). The psychology of emotion: From everyday life to theory (2nd Ed). Chichester, Sussex: J. Wiley & Sons

Brackett, M. (2019) Permission to Feel. New York: Celadon Books

Corcoran R. & Toomey, R. (2011) Developing emotionally competent teachers: emotional intelligence and pre-service teacher education.    Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang

Barrett, L. F., & Salovey, P. (2002). The wisdom in feeling: Psychological processes in emotional intelligence. Guilford Press.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

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