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Psychology (PSYC) 401

Learning Through Life (Revision 2)

PSYC 400 Course website

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Delivery Mode:Individualized study.


Area of Study:Reading course - Social Science

Prerequisite:Since this is an advanced course, learners are expected to have previously completed a variety of junior- and senior-level social science courses. PSYC 381 is recommended.

Precluded course: MDDE 612. (PSYC 401 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for MDDE 612.)

Centre:Centre for Psychology

PSYC 401 is not available for challenge.

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This course is concerned with how adult learners make meaning of their experience. It examines the transformation theory of Jack Mezirow and looks at learning through the creation of meaning schemes and meaning perspectives.

One of the main themes in PSYC 401 is the role that beliefs and assumptions play in adult learning and how they underlie the basis of experience. In addition, the course examines what happens when assumptions are distorted, the contribution of reflection, and the dynamics through which adults come to see the world in a different light. The course combines elements of sociology and philosophy with a psychological base to provide a more holistic approach to the study of life experience.


To receive credit for PSYC 401, you must complete all assignments and achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) or better on the case study. The weighting of assignments is as follows:

Life Situation Survey Book Review of Course Textbooks Case Study Total
5% 25% 70% 100%

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

Course Materials


Mezirow, Jack. 1991. Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Morgan, Marlo. 1991. Mutant Message Down Under. New York: HarperCollins.

Athabasca University. 2002. Reading file update. Athabasca: Author.

Other materials

The course materials include a Reading Course Manual and a Life Situation Survey.

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, February 9, 2001.

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Last updated by SAS  06/23/2015 10:56:36