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Unit information: Leading, Managing and Governing the 21st Century University in 2016/17

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Unit name Leading, Managing and Governing the 21st Century University
Unit code EDUCD0088
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Lucas
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Understanding Educational Research

Co-requisites

Research Methods in Learning, Leadership and Policy

School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

The unit is aimed at aspiring university leaders and managers, academics, administrators and governors in higher education and anyone else with an interest in higher education leadership, management and governance. It will explore theoretical and practical concerns relevant to and analyse recent empirical research on, the leadership, governance and management of higher education institutions. The unit will enable a critical examination of what it now means to lead a university, faculty or department in the 21st century university. The strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and strategies will be considered. Substantive areas covered will include: the leadership and management of teaching and research (including quality), managing staff and resources, the strategic management of universities as organisations, entrepreneurial universities, what it means to be a world class university and the governance of higher education institutions. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of countries.

Aims:

  • Examine and critique recent theories and empirical research about management, leadership and governance relevant to higher education institutions
  • Critically examine the university as an organisation and its challenges in respect of leadership, management and governance
  • Explore alternative modes of governing, managing and leading higher education e.g new managerialism, entrepreneurialism, collegialism, corporate governance
  • Analyse different approaches to and strategies for leading change in relation to research and teaching and managing staff.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a good knowledge of and a critical approach to recent theories, relevant methodologies and empirical research about management, leadership and governance relevant to higher education institutions; be able to apply this knowledge to concrete examples of higher education institutions

2. Have acquired skills in how to analyse the university as an organisation in respect of leadership, management and governance

3. Display a knowledge and critical awareness of alternative modes of governing, managing and leading higher education in the 21st century

4. Know how to construct a strategy for change in at least one aspect of a universitys core activities

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars, role-play, small group work

The needs of a wide range of students, including those with disabilities, international students and those from ethnic minority backgrounds have been considered. It is not anticipated that the teaching and assessment methods used will cause disadvantage to any person taking the unit. The Graduate School of Education is happy to address individual support requests as necessary

Assessment Details

  • 3000 word assignment on analysing the status quo in relation to and developing a change strategy for, an aspect of university leadership, management or governance in a higher education institution, taking into account relevant theoretical concepts and existing empirical research.
  • 1000 word critical review of text or pair of articles on any aspect of university leadership, management or governance, with a particular focus on the conceptual framework and research methodology.

Reading and References

  • Deem, R., S. Hillyard and M. Reed (2007). Knowledge, Higher Education and the New Managerialism: The Changing Management of UK Universities Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Jarzabkowski, P. (2005). Strategy as Practice - an activity-based approach. London, Sage.
  • Kehm, B. and U. Lanzendorf, Eds. (2006 ). Reforming University Governance: changing conditions for research in four European countries. Bonn, Lemmens/Verlag.
  • Lucas, L. (2006). The research game in academic life. Maidenhead, Open University Press & Society for Research into Higher Education.
  • Mok, K. H. (2006). Education Reform and Education Policy in East Asia. London, Routledge.
  • Shattock, M. L. (2006). Managing Good Governance in Higher Education. Maidenhead, Open University Press.
  • Tapper, T (2007) The Governance of British Higher Education. Dordrecht, Springer.

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