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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees. All others: 110,000 SEK (approx. 16,100 USD/12,000 Euro) per academic year.

  • Last Updated

    28 February 2017

Course content

Degree: Master of Arts and Social Science (60 credits) with a major in Adult Learning.

Teaching language: English

In every part of the world, governments are urging citizens to train or educate themselves for competition in the global economy.

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

Four universities
This programme design is unique in the sense that four universities in four different continents collaborate. These are Linköping University, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, University of Western Cape, Cape Town and Monash University, Melbourne.

Graduates of the programme will:

Learn and teach globally
Use global connective technologies
Understand knowledge-based societies and the implications for learning
Understand globalisation discourses
Develop cultural sensibilities and sensitivities
Develop an equality perspective to learning, and reframe their own professional practices
The programme is intended for adults who need to understand learning and global change. The content will benefit people working in formal educational settings, business and industry, activist organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations, healthcare and numerous other settings where discourses of globalisation are changing people’s lives.

Distance learning
The mode of delivery is on-line distance learning with no campus-based meetings. Students must have reliable and regular e-mail and internet access.

This is a one year course but further studies are possible, resulting in a two-year master’s degree.

Specific requirements
A bachelor's degree, including a bachelor’s essay or project, with a major in education, adult learning or other subject relevant to the field of adult learning.

Each applicant must enclose a Letter of Intent written in English, explaining why they want to study this programme, and a summary of their bachelor’s essay or project. If applicants hold a degree that does not include a bachelor’s essay or project, their Letter of Intent should describe previous studies and any academic activities that are related to the master’s programme or the programmes applied for.

Visit the Adult Learning and Global Change page on the Linköping University website for more details!






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