This unit will help students to apply key concepts of organisational behaviour, psychodynamics, systems thinking and spirituality to the task of leadership. The student will be helped to take up the role of leader in his or her current working situation and develop the capacity to lead adaptive change in the workplace.

Unit Code: DS8041J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Identify their organisation as a living human system and describe how people behave on the basis of their internalised organisational pictures


Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of role and the experience of being a person in a leadership role in an organisational system


Appropriate and demonstrate the skills of adaptive leadership


Reflect and integrate an understanding of what it means to be contemplatives in action in the workplace


Articulate the meaning of faith, values and belief in one’s own work and life and that of the workplace.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: Old codes: DS8120J / DS8129J


Two weekend intensives eight weeks apart, with eight 1.5-hour weekly group sessions of role consultation in-between using Skype.

A significant proportion of each weekend of the intensive will be devoted to: (i) the lecturer’s input on the theoretical understanding of leadership, (ii) guided reading, (iii) personal reflection, (iv) facilitated interaction in small groups.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

5000-word integrative essay

5000 80.0

Engagement with and contribution to sharing groups equivalent to 1000 words

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-13 10:19:22 +1000