LSAM001E - Comparative perspectives on Education, Citizenship and Democracy in Norway


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 49/100
Oral examination 51/100
Skriftlig arbeid med justerende muntlig 100/100

Course content

The course gives an introduction to the Norwegian society in general with a special focus on the Norwegian school system. Central components in the course are:
• Norwegian geography, history, culture, society and politics: Such a general overview is necessary to enable students to understand the Norwegian welfare state and Norwegian education policy.
• Norwegian school history in a comparative perspective: The Unitary School has a strong tradition in Norway, and a comparison with other countries' school history helps students understand that school structure and school policies are associated with a particular social, cultural, historical, and political contexts. The comparative perspective will also provide insights that may be valuable to our teacher education.
• Norwegian education policy in a comparative perspective: The comparative perspective will be important in the course since it gives the students an opportunity to understand both the Norwegian and their home countries education policy. The comparative perspective also provides insight into other countries' education policy and school structure.
• Education for Democracy: Norwegian pupils score high on international measures of democratic knowledge and skills. A comparative perspective on the Norwegian education for democracy is therefore of significant interest, and will be part of the course.

Learning outcome

• Knowledge about Norwegian geography, history, culture, society and politics with a special focus on the Norwegian welfare state and Norwegian education policy.
• Knowledge about Norwegian school history and educational policy in a comparative perspective, with a focus on the Norwegian unitary school tradition.
• To have knowledge of the key perspectives of democratic education, and the Norwegian experience with teaching democracy.

• To do comparative analysis based on empirical data and literature.
• To exercise critical judgment on the reliability and validity of relevant sources
• To work independently with academic and didactic issues
•To work independently with a scientific text

• To stimulate critical reflection among students
• Ability to update themselves and reflect on their own teaching practice
• Ability to work independently and with others to identify, analyze and solve problems related to teaching social studies

Learning methods and activities

Teaching will be based on:
• Lectures and classroom discussion: Teaching would be adapted to the number of students and their knowledge of basic education, as well as their language level, and academic skills.
• Student based term-paper presentations: The comparative profile of the course makes student presentations important as a learning strategy.
• Practice/ observation/ visit to Norwegian schools: The course should include a period of observation/ visit to a Norwegian school. This period can be used to collect empirical data for individual term papers.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatorisk tilstedeværelse

Further on evaluation

Obligatory course work:
1 term paper

Obligatory coursework will be evaluated as approved/not approved.
Obligatory course work must be approved before one can sit for the exam. Candidates who are in danger of being refused to take the exam due. missing work requirements shall be notified of this, cf. current study regulations at NTNU.

Exams and grading:
- Term Paper
- Oral exam

The oral exam will be a discussion of the student's paper, as well as the student's reflections and understanding of the course litterture.

Both the term paper and oral exam must be passed to receive a final grade.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social Sciences (EMNE/SV)
Teacher education for primary and lower secondary school grades 1-7 (LTGLU1-7)
Teacher education for primary and lower secondary school grades 5-10 (LTGLU5-10)


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 49/100
Autumn ORD Oral examination 51/100
Autumn ORD Skriftlig arbeid med justerende muntlig 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.