Postgraduate taught 

Education for Sustainable Futures in Adult, Community & Youth Contexts MSc

Teaching and learning practice for youth, community, and adult contexts EDUC51009

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides a broad introduction to the factors affecting and methods informing teaching and learning in diverse non-compulsory contexts. From higher and adult education to community and youth contexts, the course looks at the roles of space, bodies, technologies, and culture in teaching and learning. The course includes substantial inputs in methods of engagement, facilitation, instruction, and evaluation.


3 hour sessions, once a week, for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The assessment consists of:

1. A 3000-word essay describing the one's own pedagogical position, practice and pathway as an educator, drawing on relevant experience, theory, and research to support the narrative. (60%)

2. A 1000-word reflection on the practical experience gained during external visits in relation to course themes (10%) 

3. A group teaching presentation in a specified context from a range of out-side-school educational contexts including HE, FE, community spaces, youth groups, digital spaces, and public fora. (30%)

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ Explore influencing fields including cultural studies, embodiment studies, spatial theories, and digital studies in education

■ Investigate and evaluate a range of methods and practices of teaching, facilitation, instruction, and evaluation

■ Engage in critical exploration of practices of pedagogy

■ Gain experience related to contemporary learning contexts in a chosen area of specialisation

■ Develop interdisciplinary and critical skills for students to examine educational practices in contemporary diverse contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Critically analyse prominent and pertinent practices of teaching and learning in diverse contexts

■ Demonstrate context relevant pedagogical practice

■ Analyse how these approaches relate to and inform practice and policy

■ Design a pedagogical framework and methods appropriate to a specified context

■ Present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in appropriate academic style, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of writing and presentation

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. Students must complete all components of the assessment.