PED3611 - Education - History, Policy and Governance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course examines central national education reforms after World War II, their ideological basis, content and realization. The national education reforms will be analysed in elucidation of its ideological, political and social context - nationally and internationally.
Educational governance is a key element. This means identification and analysis of participants, governing principles and strategies in educational reforms, internationally as well as nationally and locally. The relationships between transnational, national and municipal power and local autonomy are discussed. Analyses of governance in education emphasize curricula, management by objectives, quality assurance and evaluation. The course also focuses on school culture, the school as a learning organization, the latitude of schools and teachers, the role of the teacher and educational leadership.

Learning outcome

The course gives indepth knowledge and theoretical understanding of:
- The development of the Norwegian education system in recent times, with special emphasis on primary and secondary education
- The ideological and political background for the most central education policy reforms
- How governing and management strategies apply to the education field on international, national and municipal levels
- The school as an organization, school administration, school development and the role of the teacher
- The design and function of curricula
- Different systems and principles of quality assurance and assessment
- Legal principles and systems of agreements in education
Written assignments, seminars and term paper provide the opportunity to use acquired knowledge and theoretical understanding through analyzing and discussing central topics.
Term paper as evaluation form provides the opportunity to specialize in a chosen topic and training in conducting an independent research project.

Learning methods and activities

Normally 4 hours lectures and 2 hours seminar each week. Altogether 84 hours teaching, divided into lectures, seminars, excursions and guidance (individual and in groups) in relation to compulsory short assignments and the final term assignment. Take a look at blackboard for detailed information about compulsory assignments.

Lectures and seminars can be organized in blocks.

Curriculum will be available in adequate time before the start of the term.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in workshops
  • Two-Three written short assignments on Blackboard

Further on evaluation

The theme of the term paper must be approved by the supervisor by 15 October.

The term paper must be between 10-15 pages (Times New Roman 12 point, line spacing 1,5). Guidelines and requirements will be given at the start of the term.

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.

Required previous knowledge

The same admission requirements as for the master’s program in Education. The requirement must be fullfilled to be admitted to the course

Course materials

The course has a core reading material of approximately 800 pages, in addition to elective reading material of around 200 pages from a specified list. The e-learning platform blackboard will be used actively.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PED3510 7.5 01.09.2015
PED3521 15.0 01.09.2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Pedagogics
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Release 2020-11-18

Submission 2020-11-20

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100

Release 2021-05-04

Submission 2021-05-11

Release 10:00

Submission 15:00

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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