MA in Adult Learning and Global Change

Linköping University

Program Description

MA in Adult Learning and Global Change

Linköping University

Governments all over the world are urging citizens to train and educate themselves in order to stay competitive in the global economy.

Advocates of this argument claim that regional or local trade arrangements are no longer viable in a world in which connective technologies can influence resources and purchasing power with a simple mouse click. However, critical discourses on globalisation require the ability to learn in situations that span vast cultural and geographic divides. Moreover, working globally calls for “fluency” in several cultures.

Programme description

Four universities – one programme The programme is designed as a unique collaboration between four universities on four different continents:

  • Linköping University, Linköping (Sweden)
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada)
  • University of Western Cape, Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (Australia)

All four universities are equal partners. Students at Linköping University learn together with students from the other partner universities as a global class and take courses provided by the partner universities. This makes the programme truly international. The different partner universities provide courses such as:

  • Adult learning: contexts and perspectives
  • Work and learning
  • Fostering learning in practice
  • Global/local learning

Award-winning concept

The programme won the 2005 Curriculum Innovation Award, granted by the Commission of Professors of Adult Education of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. In 2015, the programme won the e-Learning Excellence Award.

Learning outcomes

The programme is intended for students who wish to understand adult learning in the framework of global change. The content will benefit people working in both formal and informal, educational settings, such as business and industry, activist organisations, government institutions or administration, non-governmental organisations, the healthcare system, and numerous other settings where discourses on globalisation influence people’s lives.

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

  • Learn and teach globally
  • Use global connective technologies
  • Understand knowledge-based societies and their implications for learning
  • Understand globalisation discourses
  • Demonstrate cultural sensibilities and sensitivities
  • Develop an equality perspective for learning and re-framing their own professional practices.

Career opportunities

Following the final examination, students will have gained the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience needed to work in different formal and informal adult learning organisations. Alternatively, students may continue their academic career in further projects.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Part time
48,000 SEK
Sweden - Linköping
Start date: Aug. 2017
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Aug. 2017
Sweden - Linköping
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All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees

Adult Learning and Global Change at Linköping University