EDEM670-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)

Leadership as Partnering: Moving Beyond Boundaries

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Participants will explore national and global policy agendas on partnership in order to understand the role of leadership in creating and extending practice beyond organisational boundaries. Opportunities and challenges for, and consequences of, collaborative practices will be examined through policy, research and scholarly lenses and applied to participants' work contexts. The dynamic between networking and learning will be foregrounded to support the potential of multi-agency learning communities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. articulate policy agendas around networking, collaboration and partnership;
2. demonstrate understanding of bi-cultural partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand
3. cultivate collective leadership beyond organizational boundaries
4. identify the characteristics of effective learning communities
5. articulate a process to build capacity for organisational learning
6. formulate action plans for sustaining partnership through learning


Subject to approval from the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annelies Kamp


There are three assessment tasks for this course.  ZOOM sessions will be provided to brief students on the requirements for Assessment Two and Three.

1. You are required to submit four forum postings related to the readings for the course.  These should be 250 words in length and must specifically identify and engage with one of the readings from each topic of the course.  Each topic has a forum for you to contribute your reflections on one reading from the topic resources.   You are encouraged to all respond to the posts of others, particularly where they are posing a question regarding their interpretation of a given reading or its value in thinking about the limits and possibilities of partnership and collaboration (8%) (LO1,2,3,4,5, 6).

The 8% grade will be awarded on the basis of 2% for each of four postings, against a banded assessment (0 = uncompleted, 1 = completed, 2 = completed with critical engagement).

The recommended due dates for these postings are July 24, Aug 14, August 28, October 2.  There is no need to apply for an extension if you do not meet these dates.  However, if you meet these dates, you will have covered the course material and will be well positioned to complete the assessment tasks.
2. Essay.  Chose ONE of two topics:

Topic a: an essay that considers a national policy for improvement in education (or other social policy context) at the level of the local.  You are required to interrogate the policy through the first three topic areas in the course.  (46%)


Topic b: an essay that critiques published research on a national policy for improvement in education (or other social policy context).  Undertake a critical analysis of the publication to identify the principles of partnering which are reported, or not, and their potential to enhance innovation, learning and the achievement of multi-stakeholder strategies. (46%).

Word limit, 3,500 words (not including references and appendices). (LO1, 2, 4)
Due date: Monday 21 September 2020, 11pm via LEARN

3. Critical Assessment: Leading the Learning Organisation: Using an established tool, undertake a structured assessment of your organisation’s capacity to act as a learning organisation that can respond to and thrive in the challenges of partnership.  Then, write a paper that identifies the limits and possibilities for learning, and identifies implications for leaders in building capacity to achieve collaborative goals.  (46%)

Word limit: 3,000 words (not including references and appendices) (LO 3, 4, 5 6)
Due date: Monday 19 October 2020, 11pm via LEARN

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* 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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