MGLU4515 - Pedagogy and Pupil-related Skills 4 (5-10)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 1/3 1 semesters
Oral examination 2/3 30 minutes ALLE

Course content

Pedagogy and pupil knowledge in Cycle 2 will give the student an in-depth understanding of the teacher's and the school's role within a complex, democratic, and pluralistic society. Cycle 2 examines school and education from a historical, cultural, and political perspective, with the aim of understanding the school as an organization and social institution. From an analytical and critical perspective, the student should be able to work with issues related to school, education, and their own pedagogical practice. Professional ethical reflection is emphasized with the aim of practicing critical thinking and independence within pedagogical practice. Key topics in the subject Pedagogy and pupil knowledge 4 include educational history, education policy and governance, the role of teacher, the school as organization, professional ethics, and change and development work. The course also comprises the students' development pf Professional Digital Competence (PfDK).

Learning outcome


The student

  • has knowledge of various ideological perspectives on educational activities, key phases and strategies in the school's historical development, and whether the school's mandate can function in a variety of contexts and situations
  • has knowledge of how education has varied for different groups in society throughout history (e.g., Sami school history)
  • has in-depth knowledge of central education policy changes in today's school, and in the management of education
  • has in-depth knowledge about the role of teacher, and its changes and development - has knowledge of the school as an organization, its framework factors, and its cooperation with other actors
  • has knowledge of central ethical issues related to the development of school and education Skills The student - can independently justify and evaluate changes and development processes in the school, and can reflect on the teacher's role in this work
  • can analyze and discuss challenges in the realization of the curriculum and other management documents - can identify, reflect on, and discuss professional ethics issues


The student

  • can facilitate interaction in classes and groups at levels 5-10 and afterwards critically analyze the activity
  • can analyze and discuss challenges in the realization of the curriculum and other management documents
  • can independently justify and evaluate changes and development processes in the school, and can reflect on the teacher's role in this work
  • can plan and participate in research-based development and change processes in the school and critically evaluate these afterwards
  • can identify, reflect on, and discuss professional ethics issues

General competence

The student

  • has in-depth knowledge of the role of schools, education, and teachers, and how these roles are perceived
  • can reflect on and conduct independent professional argumentation on pedagogical practices and the role of the school within society
  • can critically analyze and participate in societal debates about education policy
  • can contribute to innovation processes and take responsibility for collaboration and development work that promotes professional and pedagogical innovation in school
  • can problematize the relationship between different scientific theoretical perspectives and views of knowledge

Learning methods and activities

The working methods in PEL 4 vary between lectures, student-active seminars, group work, and individual work. Collaborative learning is emphasized. Mandatory work requirements have been included, wherein the students will show academic insight into the topic areas of the course and the development of their own teacher identities. The course focuses on independent work with text, in both writing the term paper and in working with the subject's literature. The teaching is aimed at the student formulating, discussing, and communicating about educational issues within the topic of the course. Emphasis will also be placed on the students connecting to the practice of teaching as a field of study and as a professional arena. The course will draw on social issues related to education and school.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments according to emnebeskrivelsen

Further on evaluation

Obligatory work requirements

The following three work requirements must be approved in order to take the exam in this course:

  • two written submissions
  • one oral presentation
  • participation in work to create a website that highlights the different topics in the course description
  • continuous reflection work through log writing
  • 75% attendance at the seminars

Work requirements are assessed as "approved" or "not approved". Students who submit / perform work requirements within the deadline, but who receive the assessment "not approved", have the opportunity for a new submission / performance.


The exam is individual and consists of a written and an oral part. The written partial exam is a semester assignment. The oral exam is conducted digitally. In the event of failure of a partial examination, only this part must be taken again. There is an opportunity to complain about partial assessment in the course (does not apply to oral exams).

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)
Teacher Education for Primary and Lower Secondary School (Years 5-10) (LTGLU5-10)

Required previous knowledge

Student must have passed the subject area Knowledge learning and education in teacher profession and PEL 1 and PEL 2 (30 SP) or equivalent.

Course materials

The final syllabus and semester plan will be published on Blackboard before the start of study.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
LGU53006 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
LGU13009 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Oral examination 2/3 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Assignment 1/3





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 2/3 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/3 INSPERA
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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