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Sustainable Tertiary Education Leadership and Governance

9 October - 3 December 2017

This subject provides an overview of the elements supporting the promotion of sustainable leadership and governance practices in tertiary education. It will provide participants with knowledge and insights in these areas:

  • History of tertiary education sector’s engagement with sustainability development;
  • Roles and responsibilities for leadership by governing bodies and executive officers;
  • Accounting for sustainability;
  • Tertiary institutions as drivers for the promotion of sustainable citizenship;
  • Case studies and exemplars of sustainable practices in tertiary education.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to apply what they have learned by:

  • Understanding the background and theoretical drivers for positioning sustainability development as a key tertiary education sector concern;
  • Describing different models for sustainable governance for tertiary education institutions;
  • Describing different models for sustainable leadership for tertiary education institutions;
  • Assessing the level of engagement within their own institutions in relation to human and environmental sustainability practices.

Why study this subject?

  • If you are currently in a senior leadership or governance role, this subject can keep your professional knowledge up-to-date through the latest research, academic and professional expertise in sustainability.
  • If you have an interest in sustainability, this subject can help translate it into considerations for your own professional practice.
  • If you are considering further study in our Masters or Graduate Certificate program, you can explore your options by doing this subject first before leaping into the full degree.

Teaching dates and contact hours

Teaching dates: 9 October to 3 December 2017.

Contact hours: 24 hours (including three two-hour webinars and online discussions moderated by academic staff)

Total time commitment: 170 hours.

Delivery modes

This subject is delivered entirely online. Students can choose to undertake either the non-assessed or assessed mode.

Non-assessed mode
Students undertake and finish the compulsory components only, made up of four discussion board tasks and three webinars.

Assessed mode
Students first undertake and finish the compulsory components, i.e. the four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times. They must then submit a 3000-word essay at the end of the subject.

Students who successfully complete this mode gain 12.5 credit points, which may be credited towards one of our Masters or Graduate Certificate courses. Please contact us if you would like more information about how this works.


Non-assessed mode: A$3,200

Assessed mode: A$3,992

Fees include course materials but does not include text books (if applicable).


Dr Heather Davis, Program Director - Awards, LH Martin Institute.

Dr Carroll Graham, Institute Manager, Faculty of Science, UTS.

Dr Samuel Wilson, Research Fellow, Swinburne Leadership Institute, Swinburne University of Technology.

How to apply

To find out more about studying a single subject from the Tertiary Education Management course or to start your application, please contact our dedicated Student Support team who will assist you through the process. APPLY NOW

The documents you will require to provide include:

  • Copies of testamurs and transcripts of all degrees listed in the application;
  • Your CV;
  • Proof of  English language proficiency standards if you have English as a second language or the language of instruction of previous degrees was other than English.

(Note: limit of 1.5 MB per document)

More information

Detailed information on the subject is available in the University of Melbourne handbook.

Find out more information about this subject or request an information pack by contacting Dina Uzhegova or call +61 3 8344 4605.

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