Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)


This unit examines the diverse contexts of adult learning and development from historical and contemporary perspectives. Consideration is given to the ways in which adult learning and development have been shaped by social, political and economic imperatives, including workplace and technological change. Students are given opportunities to explore the impact and implications of these contextual forces for adult educators and learners in workplace and community settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop an understanding of core concepts relating to 'contexts' in adult learning and development
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the historical context of adult and vocational education and training
  3. demonstrate knowledge of how contemporary social, political and economic forces, including workplace and technological change are reshaping adult learning and development
  4. analyse the inter-relationships between the context and practices of adult learning and development.


All tasks negotiated but equivalent in total to 4000 words:
Reading review (1500 words, 30%)
Case study report (2500 words, 70%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 18 contact hours and 6 hours of online activity per semester

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information