Higher education in South Africa is challenged by academic and social demands. Universities, therefore,
have to produce graduates who will be able to function optimally within their field of study, as well
as act as agents of change in their social environment. The main purpose of this article is to theorise
about applying Engeström’s expansive learning theory to teaching at Master’s level in order to address
the academic demands at this level as well as foster essential capabilities. In this theoretical article, a
possible framework is proposed for teaching students in a coursework programme in Higher Education
Studies. The framework is based on re-conceptualised principles of expansive learning as a means of
addressing the demands for producing graduates, who will possess both academic and social capabilities.
The framework is an attempt to contribute to the conceptualisation of teaching as a process and a product
by providing guidelines for integrating theory and practice. In this regard, it is focused on addressing both
the quest for academic rigour as well as for embedding capabilities, valuable for human development.