Placement - International Master in Adult Education for Social Change EDUC5924

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

As part of Erasmus Mundus Joint International Masters in Adult Education for Social Change students will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience in the area of adult education through the Placement. The placement gives students the opportunity to relate theory to practice within an adult learning organisation of relevance and interest to them.


5 x 2 hour sessions

24 hours in observation of community-based adult education

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





A Reflective Account 2,500 words; 100% weighting)


An essay in which a reflective account of professional work and insights gained is integrated with appropriate adult education principles and theories. In this essay the student should demonstrate the student's critical analysis of the context, structure and processes of the placement. Use the reflective journal the student have maintained throughout the placement as a source of critical incidents which have challenged the student's beliefs and actions about effective teaching, then link these critical incidents with appropriate adult learning/education literature to provide further insight into the efficacy of the student's practice. In addition, identify and explore further emergent issues (psychosocial; institutional; societal) which have had a significant impact on the student's practice and professional development.

Course Aims

a) To develop students' skills in the practice of adult and continuing education

b) To assist students to develop a reflective approach to their professional work

c) To provide a structured context within which adult education principles and theories can be related to practice

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students should have demonstrated their ability to:
1) Engage in the design and implementation of community based adult education under the guidance of a community development mentor.

2) Analyse adult education practice in the light of a range of theories

3) Critically reflect on adult education practice

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.