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Unit information: Learning Lives in 2021/22

Unit name Learning Lives
Unit code EDUC10003
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Wenham
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit introduces students to some of the main social theories of learning that account for how we learn with and from significant others, in a range of different settings and across the life course. This process will include looking beyond formal education structures to what and how we learn in the settings of: family, community, workplace and digital spaces. Students will explore the diversity of social, cultural and material resources that shape learning over the life course and consider differences in the experiences of individuals and communities in access to, and use of, such resources.

The aims for this unit are to enable students to:

  • become familiar with key concepts and theories that define learning as a social process;
  • understand how learning practices and purposes differ across the life course;
  • consider how the range of social actors and resources that shape learning vary across settings and across ages;
  • research and reflect upon case studies of experiences of learning in different settings and relate them to their own experience.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to:

  1. recognise how learning practices and purposes differ across the life course;
  2. understand and be able to describe key research traditions that theorise learning as a socially-situated practice;
  3. review the different social actors and resources that shape learning across settings and across ages and the issues these raise for social justice in education;
  4. examine and reflect upon case studies of learning across the life course and in diverse settings, in light of the theoretical perspectives introduced on this course unit.

Teaching details

This unit will be taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, seminars, reading and discussions. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a regular basis.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:

A 500 word summary of key concepts in the literature.

Summative assessment:

ILO 1-4: A 2,000 word essay which applies key concepts from the literature.


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