Fall 2023 - EDUC 818 G031

Leadership Studies (3)

Class Number: 4182

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



This course examines three interrelated aspects of educational leadership studies of conceptual and theoretical foundations, with a particular emphasis on ethics of leadership; current research in the field, including feminist and cultural critiques; and topical issues and problems of leadership practice. Considerations of leadership character and role, power and authority in organizational relationships, and organizational goal achievement are central to the course.


This course is restricted to students in a Community MEd cohort program

This course is designed to provide students with a critical and imaginative perspective on educational leadership theory and practice. Through critical self-reflection, analysis of leadership theories, and exploration of personal leadership experiences and leadership issues, students will gain theoretical and practical understanding of the field of educational leadership.

Meeting Dates:


Sept 6 – Dec 5

Meeting Times:

5 PM – 8 PM

Meeting Location:

SFU Surrey Campus; Room 3240


Students in this course will:

  • critically examine a range of leadership theories and practices
  • explore key features of Indigenous conceptions of leadership
  • investigate imagination’s roles in leadership processes and practices
  • employ tools of critical theory to examine personal leadership experiences, beliefs, and values
  • identify leadership theories and practices that support equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • articulate personal leadership approaches and preferences


  • Weekly Class Activities 15%
  • Group Leadership Theory Presentation 15%
  • Individual Critical Self-Reflection Paper: Positionality, Purpose, Progress 35%
  • Analytical Paper: Leadership in (in)Action 35%



Dugan, J. (2017). Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives. Wiley Professional Development (P&T). 

[Available online through SFU library]

Judson, G. & Dougherty, M. (Eds.) (2023). Cultivating imagination in leadership: Transforming schools and communities. Teachers College Press.

Note: Required texts will not be available at the bookstore, you may check online retailers for purchase options.


Northouse, P. (201*). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage Publications. (*Any edition; only certain chapters required; copies will be on reserve at SFU library)


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.