PED3614 - Basic Issues in Education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Based on the history of ideas this course gives an introduction into basic questions on how practical and theoretical knowledge and actions have been understood within various pedagogical traditions. The course will focus on practical knowledge as it is presented in recent literature within the science of education. Some of the key concepts and terms are: practical wisdom, experience, judgement, tact, creativity, play and improvisation. Emphasis will be placed on the relation between upbringing and democracy, on the pedagogical relation, and on special aspects of learning within institutional contexts.

Learning outcome

The subject gives thorough knowledge on and theoretical insight into:
- The place of theory in education science.
- The practical and theoretical dimensions of the knowledge concept.
- The relation between practice and theory in science of education.
- The history and relevance of the concept of Bildung in modern pedagogy.
- Democracy and equality.
- Institutionalized learning processes.
- Teacher roles.

Learning methods and activities

Four hours of lecture per week. Seminars and discussion forums/ reflection groups will be integrated into the lectures. Compulsory activity: The students may choose a) a written paper of 4-6 pages, or b) hold a presentation in one of the seminars. For those who choose to write a paper: The subject of the paper must be approved by the supervisor before it is handed in, and the paper must be marked as passed before the examination can be taken. The deadline for handing in papers is November 3rd. (autumn semester) and April 15th. (spring semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • written or oral presentation

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 fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

The required course reading material is approximately 500 pages.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PED3514 7.5 01.09.2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 2020-11-27 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 100/100

Release 2021-05-14

Submission 2021-05-14

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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