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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Sue Webb


This unit develops students' understanding of changing relationships between work, learning and development, and how they shape the professional identities and careers of adult learners and educators. Key concepts are introduced to examine the ways in which identities and careers are constructed in and across global and local spaces, including organisations and communities and the roles that education and workplace learning play in these processes. Opportunities to engage in self-narrative and biographical research enable students to explore and review the development of their own professional identities and learning careers.


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

  1. show an understanding of key concepts and inter-relationships between work, development and identity, as they relate to adult learners and educators
  2. identify and analyse the ways in which global forces and local practices are reshaping processes of work, development and identity formation
  3. develop an appreciation of the role of work and learning, both formal and informal, in the development of professional identities and careers over the life course
  4. use this knowledge to engage in reflexive research about their professional identities and career development.


Project proposal (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 per semester
  • 6 hours of online activity per semester

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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