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Master of Arts Integrated Studies (MAIS) 645

Understanding Work and Learning (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode:Grouped study.


Prerequisite:Priority will go to students who have successfully completed MAIS 601 and MAIS 602.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program: Master of Arts Integrated Studies

**Note:Students in Group Study courses are advised that this syllabus may vary in key details in each instance of the course. Always refer to the Moodle site for the most up-to-date details on texts, assignment structure, and grading.**


This course allows students to critically examine the new enthusiasm for "workplace learning," "learning organizations" and the relationship between education and work. The course is divided into five units:

  1. Perspectives on Work and Learning
  2. The Learning Organization
  3. Workers, Unions, and Learning
  4. From School to Work and Workplace Learning to School
  5. Gender and Difference. Training and Skills. The Democratization of Work and Learning in the "Economic South"

The course draws on a number of readings from around the globe and in particular on North American and Australian texts.

Student Evaluation

To receive credit for this course, students must participate in the online activities, successfully complete the assignments, and achieve a final mark of at least 60 per cent. Students should be familiar with the Master of Arts—Integrated Studies grading system. Please note that it is students' responsibility to maintain their program status. Any student who receives a grade of "F" in one course, or a grade of "C" in more than one course, may be required to withdraw from the program.

The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weights associated with them.

Activity Weighting
Online Participation
Book Review
Term Paper

Course Materials

The course materials for Master of Arts-Integrated Studies 645 include the items listed below.


  • Bratton, Helms-Mills, Pyrch & Sawchuk. (2004). Workplace Learning: A Critical Introduction. Aurora, Ont: Garamond. Hereafter referred to as Bratton et al., 2004

  • Boud, D. & Garrick, J. (Eds.). (1999). Understanding Learning at Work. London: Routledge. Hereafter referred to as Boud & Garrick, 1999.

Athabasca University Printed Materials

Reading File: The Reading File contains selected articles from various sources that are required reading for this course.

Course Guide: The Course Guide contains the introduction, objectives, reading assignments, commentaries, online activities, assignments and evaluation criteria, and other information students will need to complete the course successfully.

Athabasca University Online Materials

Course Home Page: You will find Course Information at the top of the course home page. You will find your assignments and links to submit your work to your professor on the course home page.

Athabasca University Library: Students are encouraged to browse the Library's Web site to review the Library collection of journal databases, electronic journals, and digital reference tools:

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, September 1, 2009.

Last updated by MAIS; 09/29/2014 11:57:13