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Gender, Power, and Inequality in Educational Leadership

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Module description

2018 has seen increasing conversation about racism and sexism in the workplace including educational institutions. Media accounts of class divides are also frequent. Using the concept of intersectionality this module will focus on how leadership is racialized and gendered and what this means for the often implicit ways in which the status quo is reproduced. Students will read theoretical and empirically grounded literature on gender, feminism, intersectionality, organisations, educational leadership, and policy and media analysis that will enhance their understanding of how power and inequality in educational organisations and structures is interconnected with gender, class and race.

This module will prepare students to become more thoughtful, critical and self-reflective teachers, educational managers, administrators and staff working in a wide range of educational and community organisations and/or policy-and media-related professions. The sessions will be held in a seminar-style, involving student-led group presentations and group discussions of assigned readings. Participants will be invited to reflect and connect their professional experience to relevant academic literature, media coverage, and class discussion.    

Assessment details

  • Group presentation

Students will prepare group presentations on the course readings and course-related topics (depending on the size of the class, a group will be composed of 2-4 students). All students in the group will receive the same mark. (20 minutes, 20%)

  • Final essay

(4000 words) that draws on concepts explored in the required and recommended readings listed in the module outline as well as readings from a general library search. (80%)


Prior to handing in the final full paper, students will prepare proposals and discuss the ideas they are pursuing in a roundtable format that will allow some exchange and feedback.


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