Singapore University of Social Sciences

Understanding Leadership through Place-Based Education

Understanding Leadership through Place-Based Education (OST166)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Student SUcceSS Centre


The objective of this course is to provide students with the conceptual tools and learning experiences to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between leadership styles and team performances within experiential learning context. This will be achieved through blended learning of seminars and online learning of theoretical principles and concepts, and the practise of coordinating and leading small teams with authentic communities using place-based learning instructional approach. Students will engage in teams, develop strategies and evaluate impact based on outcomes. This course affords students the opportunity to manage fluid group dynamics, experiment with diverse leadership styles, and strike balances between various developmental levels of their teammates as they work in groups to traverse the challenges posed by the ecological, cultural and economic perspectives of a community. Students will also get to reflect on how theories and case studies are manifested in their real-life context. At the end of the course, students will acquire leadership and team-management abilities, a deeper appreciation of the role of support networks in maintaining team coherence, and the relationships between culture, societal/environmental issues, leadership styles and team dynamics. This course may include outdoor/overseas components.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Situational leadership
  • Place-based learning
  • Inquiry through place-based learning
  • Team dynamics through inquiry
  • Developing supportive relationship in a team
  • Leadership ethics
  • Personal leadership and leadership goals
  • General risk management
  • Effective communication
  • Giving meaningful feedback
  • Managing conflict
  • Facilitating change

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the principles in place-based learning and its relationship with leadership
  • Outline the advantages and limitations of situational leadership
  • Show the interconnections between personal leadership and team dynamics
  • Recognise the relationship between effective communication and team dynamics
  • Appraise individual’s personal leadership attributes
  • Employ appropriate leadership skills and competencies to adapt to the context of the place-based inquiry and desired outcomes
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