PED3614 - Basic Issues in Education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 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: liberal education (Bildung), competence, practical wisdom, dialogue, experience, judgement, tact, creativity, play, freedom and technology. 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 history and relevance of the concept of Bildung in modern pedagogy.
  • The concept of competence, and it's limitations.
  • Theoretical perspectives on the human subject and the world.
  • 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.
  • Democracy and equality.

Learning methods and activities

Four hours of lecture per week. Seminars and discussion forums/ reflection groups will be integrated into the lectures.

Further on evaluation

4 hours written exam (inspera).

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 AUTUMN 2015
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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: 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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 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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