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LB5992 - Rural Leadership and Complexity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business

Only available to students admitted to Graduate Certificate of Australian Rural Leadership 106611

Complexity accompanies many leadership challenges. This subject will investigate complexity and competing values and perspectives. In small groups, students will analyse a contemporary, emotive Australian rural issue that will be presented to them from multiple and competing, legitimate perspectives. Students will examine their preconceived ideas and values and wrestle with contested positions. Solutions to the issue are not sought but students are asked to present a 'meta' understanding in terms of: processes; legitimate, multiple perspectives; individual preconceived perceptions and assumptions; and tensions associated with issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of legitimate multiple perspectives and preconceived assumptions associated with the resolution of complex issues;
  • Demonstrate critical reflection skills;
  • Develop team management skills and an understanding of ethical processes;
  • Develop skills and capacities that prepare participants to manage complexity in their rural leadership roles.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The potential to lead and contribute to projects effectively and efficiently;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.


Study Period 7, External
Census Date 05-Jul-2012
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars - Subject taught in block mode
Assessment: assignments (50%); individual assignment (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.