International Issues in Adult Education (IMAESC) ADED5077

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course identifies the major influences upon the historic traditions of adult and continuing education in Scotland, the UK and internationally. Building upon this historic background, current developments in adult education will be located within the context of contemporary social and economic trends.


Lectures and seminars to be held in the evening

Requirements of Entry



There will be two summative assessments. There will be a 500 word response paper (25%) and a 2,000 word essay (75%).

Course Aims

The overall aims of the course are:

(a) to provide an opportunity to study the key features of adult and continuing education in Scotland, the UK and internationally;

(b) to develop familiarity with historical developments influencing the development of adult and continuing education;

(c) to locate current patterns of provision within a broader historical and geographical context; and

(d) to encourage students to develop historical and policy centred understanding of adult and continuing education issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

(a) critically analyse historical, economic, social and demographic trends in the development of the education and training of adults across the range of adult education provision in Scotland, the UK and internationally; and to

(b) engage effectively in informed discussion about historical, educational and policy perspectives on adult and continuing education.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.