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 explores conceptual and practical issues relating to 'difference' and socio-cultural diversity among adult learners in workplace and community settings. Students will examine policies and strategies for recognising and accommodating difference in the design and delivery of adult education and training programs.


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

  1. understand how 'difference' has been conceptualised in relation to adult learning and development
  2. appreciate how social, cultural and other differences interact with and shape processes of adult learning and development
  3. recognise the implications of difference among adult learners for program design and delivery
  4. acquire skills and strategies for working with difference among adult learners in workplace and community settings.


Reading review (1500 words, 40%)
Final report (2500 words, 60%)

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