2023-2024 / PEDA0057-1

Systems analysis and training policies


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Daniel Faulx

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The goal of this course is to reach a better understanding of training philosophies in their broadest meaning.

The challenge is to encourage students to apply a systemic approach to training, through pedagogic and didactic reflection.

Training philosophy in this context covers both organizational and public training philosophies.

In addition to the lectures themselves, trainers, political leaders and human resource managers will participate in the course by sharing and discussing their vision with the students.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course aims at helping students to position themselves as thinkers, critics and participants regarding the questions of philosophies of adult training. The various objectives aim at allowing students to transition from logical thinking, based on pedagogical engineering, to a broader reflection on the philosophy of training, i.e. a realization of the systemic challenges of training.
Training philosophy in this context covers both organizational and public training philosophies.
More specifically, the course aims at teaching students to:

  • understand and use tools to analyze training philosophies
  • identify the strategic and ideological challenges of training philosophies
  • understand the tensions that can exist between a specific training strategy, a pedagogical set-up, and the learners
  • develop a thought process which takes into account the trainer, the learner, the training setup, the organizational, and the socio-political context
  • understand the challenges of a training philosophy both at the organizational and public level
  • be able to argue and take a position about a training philosophy
  • be able to participate in the elaboration of a training philosophy

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Not applicable

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Participation in a one-day workshop with (depending on the year) political actors, individuals responsible for the organization of training sessions, or trainers.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is given in the second term, on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 12.

Recommended or required readings

Pedagogical support:

  • class notes written by the lecturer
  • reading material
  • websites
  • videotaped interviews
  • proceedings of real testimonials
Those resources are available at the "Unité d'Apprentissage et de Formation Continue des Adultes"

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Student evaluations are based on the study of cases that include dealing with several types of problems: the analysis of tensions and agreements between the challenges/goals of the individuals in charge (collective strategy) and the challenges/goals of the participants (individual strategy), the tools that need to be built or setup, the training philosophy used and its potential results.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Not applicable


Contact : Daniel Faulx Professeur daniel.faulx@uliege.be

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