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Sustainable Tertiary Education Leadership and Governance

15 October - 9 December 2018

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.

Contact hours

The total number of contact hours over this period is 24. Includes 6 hours of webinars and 18 hours of online discussions (all taught and/or moderated by academic staff) over the duration of the subject.

Outside of these times students are expected to organise their own study schedule; the recommended total number of study hours for this subject is 170.

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 written response to sustainability in tertiary education debates (1500 words) and written assignment (3500 words), due at the end of the subjec.

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.

2018 fees

Assessed mode: A$4,180

Non-assessed mode: A$3,352

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. 

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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