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GLLL602 Work and Learning

Unit rationale, description and aim

This is the fourth unit in the Master of Global Learning and Leadership. This unit addresses 21st century challenges in working life, global contexts, intercultural relations, and ways of leading through learning. It combines theory related to contexts, identities, adult learning, and leadership with a problem-solving process based on critical reflection. Students combine theoretical insights and detailed reflections on a critical incident in their workplace in order to identify actions that address their critical incident using learning and leadership strategies.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - synthesise and integrate theoretical and experiential knowledge to demonstrate an integrated analysis of a workplace incident in a professional setting (GA4, GA5, GA8)

LO2 - critically analyse theories of identity and demonstrate how they can be used to interpret workplace change and implications learning and leadership (GA4, GA5, GA6,)

LO3 - compare, analyse and synthesise commentaries by peers to show the effects of different contexts on work, identities, learning and leadership (GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8, GA10)

LO4 - use creative approaches to analyse problems and communicate critical insights and learning and leading strategies to a professional audience (GA4, GA5, GA6)

LO5 - use online technologies asynchronously to communicate and compare meanings of words in different cultures, and learn with others from different contexts and cultures (GA1, GA10)

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


Block 1: Thinking about your case: Identifying a critical incident in your workplace and how it is affected by global change

Block 2: Working identities and leadership challenges: Understanding the effects of workplace change on working identities and the challenges for leadership.

Block 3: Leading through learning in practice: Designing a strategy to address the workplace issue by leading through learning. 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

All learning materials and activities will take place online. Participating fully in this unit involves completing the required readings, signing on to the course website frequently (several times per week), engaging in discussions and other group exercises, and completing assignments by the deadlines provided in the unit outlines. It is important for students to not only log into to the course frequently, but also to respond to the issues being discussed, to raise questions, and to dialogue with fellow students and instructors.

Assessment strategy and rationale

Assessment tasks will amount to the equivalent of 8,000 words.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Assessment Task 1: Individual report

Prepare a reflective commentary on an incident in your workplace.

Synthesise research relating to identities and workplace contexts to analyse your own incident and peer commentaries on their incidents.

Integrate the theoretical and experiential knowledge of contexts and cultures to critical analyze your workplace incident, drawing out its leadership challenges.


LO1, LO2, LO3

GA4, GA5, GA7, GA8

Assessment Task 2: Case study report

Using the case developed in assessment task 1, critically review theories and research on adult learning and leadership.

Integrate theoretical and cross-national experiential knowledge on workplace contexts, cultures and identities.

Use this analysis to design a strategy that addresses the workplace incident by leading through learning. 

This problem solving strategy asks students to explain:

·        How do you now understand the critical incident in your workplace?

·        What conceptual understandings inform your leadership strategy?

What are the implications of the practical strategies you propose to address the workplace incident.


LO1, LO3, LO4

GA1, GA4, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA10

Representative texts and references

Chopra, P. (2014). Seeking conditions of possibility: (re)conceptualising democratic discursive practices in a right-based approach to adult education. Compare: A journal of comparative and international education, 44:3 pp 335-355

Fenwick, T. J. (2001). Experiential learning: A theoretical critique from five perspectives Information series No. 385, Colombus, OH: Eric Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education The Ohio State University.

Livingstone, D. W. (2010). Job requirements and workers’ learning: formal gaps, informal closure, systemic limits. Journal of Education and Work, 23:3, pp 207-231

Watson, T. (2009). Narrative, life story and manager identity: A case study in autobiographical identity work. Human Relations 63:3, pp 425-452

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