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Unit information: Learning Lives in 2022/23

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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. Baker
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

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.

Your learning on this unit

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.

How you will learn

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.

How you will be assessed

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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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.