YACL101-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading the Self

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


What is the role of 'the self' in youth and community leadership? What are the personal dispositions required for youth and community leadership and how might these be nurtured within, for and by the self, and/or by others? In this course, students will explore self-leadership from contemporary psychological, philosophical, cultural, and/or any other theoretical perspective/s relevant to their situation and to contemporary Aotearoa. Kaupapa Maori approaches will be explored, as part of which students will be required to have experienced a stay on the noho marae (or alternative ).

Leadership is a complex and dynamic process and leaders are often in a process of continuous formation. Underlying values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations about the way the world is or should be can shape attempts to lead or be led. Leaders are affected by their understanding of themselves in the world. That is, leaders (and followers) are affected by the ethical, political, sociocultural and social-emotional contexts in which they live. In this course, students will become familiar with philosophical, psychological and sociocultural perspectives on self-awareness and understanding the self in relation to the world, and will critique these perspectives in light of Aotearoa’s bicultural commitments. Student will be introduced to contemporary literature and discourses on leadership across other disciplines before moving to engage with mātauranga Māori perspectives. The underlying assumption of this course is that leading others begins with leading the self, which in turn starts with attempting to understand the self and the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will have begun to develop their knowledge and understandings of
1. contemporary approaches to leadership of the self,
2. Kaupapa Māori perspectives on youth and community leadership, including the importance of identity in the broader contexts of whānau, hapū and iwi,  
3. the influence of wider ethical, political, sociocultural, educational and social-emotional contexts on youth and community leadership development,
4. the role of culture, beliefs, values and personal dispositions associated with individual leadership.

University Graduate Attributes

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

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

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.

Timetable Note

As part of this course, students are required to attend a Noho Marae experience on 20th/21st of April in Canterbury.

You will have to travel to Otautahi, Christchurch to partake in this experience covering any travel expenses you might have. Please note that accommodation on the Marae from Thursday to Friday is included in the course fee.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Anne Horton


Billy O'Steen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Conceptual Quiz 29 Mar 2023 10% Due by 11.59pm
Weekly Reflection 40% Ten weekly reflections of 150 words per week Weeks 1 -12 (1500 words total) Due Sunday 11.59 pm each week
Essay 07 Jun 2023 50% Due by 11.59pm

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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 .

All YACL101 Occurrences

  • YACL101-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • YACL101-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)