Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
This subject reflects on the nature of ethical leadership and socially responsible organisations. Ethical and moral frameworks that guide ethical decision-making in the corporate sphere will be critically examined. Further explored will be what this means for the organisational processes and work practices of institutions. Consideration will be given to the leadership qualities of moral character and personal values in fostering cooperation, trust and loyalty within an organisation. The impact of globalisation, constant change, technological advances, sustainability and the importance of values in society all contribute to the changing definition of an organisation's 'bottom line'. Increasingly, effective leaders and organisations understand that ethics are an integral component of sound business and organisational functioning. The role of leadership, at its various levels in organisations, in creating a socially responsible corporate culture will be explored. The aim of this subject is, in keeping with the ACU mission statement, to contribute to the development of ethical leaders with a commitment to the common good.
Assessments are used primarily to foster learning. ACU adopts constructivist approach to learning, which requires alignment of learning outcomes, teaching, learning and assessment and the environment in which learning occurs. Assessment is an integral part of the learning process. Assessment tasks in this unit are aimed at measuring and developing student’s achievement of both the learning outcomes and graduate attributes noted above.