Workplace Learning & Social Change

The Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change is particularly suited to students interested in developing their understanding of work and learning trends in Canada and internationally, with a focus on the relationships between workplace learning and social change. The program has three intellectual objectives:

  1. to situate workplace learning within broader social trends such as globalization, neo-liberalism, and organizational restructuring;

  2. to allow exploration of the connections between learning as an individual phenomenon and learning as a social/organizational and public policy phenomenon; and

  3. to highlight the learning strategies that seek to foster social change through greater equality of power, inclusivity, participatory decision-making, and economic democracy.

Applicants to the participating degree programs listed below, who are interested in participating in the collaborative program, must apply to and be accepted by both the departmental and the collaborative program. For admission, applicants should submit a statement of interest to the Director.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the host department and the program, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Workplace Learning and Social Change” on their transcript.

Participating Degree Programs

Adult Education and Community Development – MA, MEd, PhD
Industrial Relations and Human Resources – MIRHR, PhD
Rehabilitation Science – MSc, PhD
Social Justice Education – MA, MEd, PhD, EdD​
Women and Gender Studies – MA