Lifelong Learning and Life-course

Time: 12-23 August 2019

Campus: Joensuu

Daily programme

Opening seminar 12.8.2019 15-17
Seminar meetings for presentations: 15.8.2019 9-11 AND 19.8.2019 14-16
Ending Seminar: 22.8.2019 12-14

Duration and credits: 2 weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching Language: English
Level: Master (and Bachelor)
Max. number of attendees: to be announced
Course coordinator: Henna Timonen,
Responsible department: School of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Learning outcomes: Students should

  • master the conceptual dimensions of life-course and its different stages
  • be familiar with the significance of upbringing, education and counselling at different stages of life
  • know the significance of gender and generation in lifelong learning


Being familiar with the concept of life-course and the significance of education on life-course.

Modes of study: The modes of study consists of 1) reading either one book OR 3 scientific articles from a list provided before the course 2) Presentation of the selected literature in a seminar meeting 3) Written report of minimum 3 pages of the selected literature 4) Learning diary minimum 3 pages.
Teaching methods: Before the seminar program begins, the students will select and read either one (1) book OR three (3) scientific articles from the list provided to them beforehand. The full list of literature will be announced by the end of June. During the first meeting the important concepts, learning outcomes and the seminar program will be discussed. The students will present their chosen literature in two seminar meetings. In the ending seminar participatory activities revolving around the themes discussed during the course.
Study materials:

  • Jarvis 2010. Adult education and lifelong learning: Theory and practice (renewed 4. print)
  • Hunt 2016. The Life Course: a Sociological Introduction.
  • Elder & Giele (Eds.) 2009. The Craft of Life Course Research.
  • Antikainen et al. 2005 Transforming a Learning society, The Case of Finland.
  • Sugarman 2004. Counselling and the life course.
  • Heikkinen & Salo 2007. Adult education - liberty, fraternity equality? Nordic views on lifelong lear-ning.
  • Sugarman 2001. Life-span Development: Frameworks, accounts and strategies.

In addition to the aforementioned books, the following books can be used:

  • Ruspini 2016. A New Youth? Young People, Generations and Family Life.
  • Taipale, Wilska & Gilleard 2017. Digital Technologies and Generational Identity: ICT Usage Across the Life Course.
  • Antikainen et. al 1996. Living in a learning society: life-histories, identities and education
  • Schuller, Preston, Hammond, Basset-Grundy & Bynner 2004. The benefits of learning. The impact of education on health, family life and social capital.
  • Nicoll 2008. Flexibility and lifelong learning. Policy, discourse, politics.
  • Hobson 2002. Making men into fathers. Men, masculinities and the social politics of fatherhood.
  • Hayes & Flannery 2000. Woman as Learners.
  • Dominice 2001. Learning from our lives: Using educational biographies with adults.

Scientific Articles: select three (3), one from each section

  1. Case studies as examples of life-course research 
    • Greene, M. Rau, H. (2016) Moving Across the Life Course: A Biographic Approach to Researching Dynamics of Everyday Mobility Practices. Link to the article  
    • Visanich, V. (2018) Structure and Agency: Changes in Personal Agency in the Life Domain of Young Women in Malta. Link to the article  
    • Chapter 1 from the book Salasuo, M., Piispa, M., Huhta, H. (2016) Exceptional Life Courses: Elite Athletes and Succesful Artists in 2000s Finland. Finnish Youth Research Society. Link to the article  Signing it with Facebook or Google account.
  1.  Life-course development and research  
    • Mcadams, D. P. 2001. The Psychology of Life Stories. Review of General Psychology, 5(2), pp. 100-122.  Link to the article 
    • Elder, G. H., Jr., Johnson, M. K.  & Crosnoe, R.  The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory. In the book: Shanahan, M. J. & Mortimer, J. T. 2003. Handbook of the life course. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1-19. Link to the article 
    • Baltes, P. B., Staudinger, U.M. & Lindenberger, U. LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY: Theory and Application to Intellectual Functioning. Annual review of Psychology. 1999. 50:471–507 Link to the article 
  2. Lifelong learning  
    • Nicoll, K. 2011. Lifelong Learning: A Pacification of ‘Know How’. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 30(4). 403-417.  Link to the article 
    • Biesta, G. 2012. Have Lifelong Learning and Emancipation Still Something to Say to Each Other? Studies in the Education of Adults, 44(1). 5-20.  Link to the article   
    • Merriam, S. B. & Youngwha, K. 2014. Promoting Community Wellbeing: The Case for Lifelong Learning for Older Adults. Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, 64(2). 128-144.  Link to the article

Evaluation criteria: Written assignments: 0-5 (Putting emphasis on the learning diary)
Teachers: Juha Kauppila (UEF)