MGLU4211 - Science as school subject


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course aims at in-depth knowledge on how school-science is situated and managed in the Norwegian school context. In-depth understanding of the historical and current status of school-science in the Norwegian school system and the position of the subject in international contexts. The course will enhance the students’ knowledge on pupils’ understanding and development and their attitudes and interests. Different assessment formats in school-science will be treated in this course. How school-science relates to societal issues such as working life and sustainable development will be discussed.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has in-depth knowledge on the status and history of school-science in Norwegian and international school contexts
  • has knowledge on and can discuss different motivations for science as school subject
  • has advanced knowledge on managing documents
  • has in-depth knowledge on learning resources in science
  • has good knowledge on pupils attitudes towards and interests in science
  • has in-depth knowledge on language and communication in science
  • has in-depth knowledge on education for sustainable development


The student

  • can analyse international evaluations of school-science
  • can use and motivate various ways of assessment
  • can discuss and use cultural aspects and inter-cultural understanding in science education
  • can develop and execute science education on socio scientific issues


The student

  • can justify science as one of the broad educational aims
  • can discuss values, attitudes and responsibilities as part of school-science

Learning methods and activities

- Lectures - Work on assignments, individually and in teams - Seminars with students presenting selected literature Teaching in English when English-speaking students participate, otherwise the course is given in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment according to emnebeskrivelsen

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments:

  • Written outline and draft of term paper
  • Presentation


Term paper. Grades A-F

Permitted aids: All aids allowed.

In case of fail/grade F, the candidate can submit a significantly changed term paper once. In case of retaking of passed exam, the candidate must submit a completely new term paper.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The candidate must have successfully passed Natural Science 1 and completed Natural Science 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. “Passing” is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. “Completed” is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

The final reading list is posted on Blackboard before the course starts. It can also be found on Innsida

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DID3503 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
EDU3020 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • Life Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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