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Undergraduate Course: Adult Education (EDUA10120)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to examine opportunities for socially purposeful adult education in the current context.
Course description The course will draw on aspects of critical social theory to examine changing relationships between the state, economy and civil society and how these are mediated by current policy developments. Through a number of selective case studies students will consider how to work in critical and creative ways which can further social purpose adult education.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Concepts and Controversies in Community Education (EDUA08064)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will submit a 4,000 word paper at the end of the course.
Feedback There will be a review of curriculum and learning mid-way through the course and a summative assessment by essay at the end of the course.

You will also find a wealth of information on feedback, including information about what to expect and how to make use of if, on the University's Enhancing Feedback website, available at:-
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the historical and contemporary significance of social purpose adult education.
  2. Assess constraints and opportunities on this work.
  3. Critically analyse complex problems in adult, community and lifelong learning.
  4. Identify strategies for developing the relative autonomy of the educator's role.
  5. Identify relevant policy developments
Reading List
Key Reading

Crowther, J and Martin, I (2010) ¿Adult education in Scotland¿, Concept 1(3) Available online at:

Scottish Government (2014) Adult Learning: a Statement of Ambition, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Merrill, B. (2004) ¿Biographies, class and learning: the experiences of adult learners¿, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, vol 12 (4) pp 73-94.

Biesta, G. and Cowell, C. (2012) ¿How is community done? Understanding civic learning through psychogeographic mapping¿, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 31 (1) 47-61.

Crowther, J., Hemmi, A. and Scandrett, E. (2012) Learning environmental justice and adult education in a Scottish community campaign against fish farming. Local Environment: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 17 (1) p115-130.

Shaw, M and Crowther, J (2014) Adult education, community development and democracy: renegotiating the terms of engagement¿, Community Development Journal.

Stanistreet, P (2013) ¿Things we didn¿t learn at school¿, Adults Learning, Winter 2012.

:Flecha, R., Puigvert, L. and Rios, O. (2013) ¿The new masculinities and the overcoming of gender violence¿, International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, 2 (1) 88-113.

Russell, W. (1981) Educating Rita, London: Samuel French.


Studies in the Education of Adults (electronic journals)

International Journal of lifelong Education (electronic journals)

Concept -

The Encyclopaedia of Informal Education -

Freirean electronic journal -

European research on adult learning and education -
(The web-page above will give you free access to three of Mike Newman¿s books including Teaching Defiance.)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Work both independently and collaboratively in academic context
Make critical connections between theory and practice
Recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understandings.
Personal Effectiveness
Be reflective and reflexive in relation to intellectual inquiry and professional practice

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Course organiserDr Jim Crowther
Tel: (0131 6)51 6176
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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