Education (EDUC) 406

Work and Learning (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: EDUC 406 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HRMT 406. (EDUC 406 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HRMT 406 or for MAIS 645).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course allows students to critically examine the new enthusiasm for “workplace learning” and “learning organizations,” and it examines the relationship between education and work. The course is divided into eight units, drawing from the textbooks and online readings as well as a number of online viewing assignments.


EDUC 406 is divided into eight units listed below:

  • Unit 1: Understanding the Human Resource Management/Corporate Connection
  • Unit 2: Organizational Culture and Organizational Learning
  • Unit 3: The Learning Organization
  • Unit 4: Workers’ and Unions’ Learning
  • Unit 5: From School to Work...
  • Unit 6: ...And Workplace Learning to School
  • Unit 7: Transitions, Gender, and Difference: Training and Skills
  • Unit 8: The Challenge of Democratizing Work and Learning in a Global Economy


To receive credit for EDUC 406, you must complete all of the assignments, and achieve at least "D" (50 percent) on each. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Assignment 5 Total
20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials for EDUC 406 include the items listed below.


Spencer, B., & Kelly, J. (2013). Work and learning: An introduction. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

Sawchuk, P., & Taylor, A. (Eds.). (2010). Challenging transitions in learning and work: Reflections on policy and practice. Rotterdam, NL: Sense Publishers.

Online Materials

Course Home Page: You will find Course Information, including assignments and links by which to submit your work to your professor on the course home page.

Online Readings/Videos: In addition to textbook readings, the course links out to a number of online readings and videos.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, July 7, 2014.

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services