PPU4410 - Educational Theory - Part Time


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 1/3 20 minutes
Assignment 1/3
Report 1/3

Course content

The course is part of a flexible practical and profession-oriented programme for part time teacher students (FPPU). Pedagogy is an academic discipline about learning, socialization and teacher practice in an educational context, and this course provides a systematic understanding of learning environments, professional ethic, and educational issues. This course introduces teacher students to a knowledge of the relationships between the teacher profession and the functions of school in the community. Furthermore, the course aims to inspire the students to develop and renew their professional practices, and to participate in school development. Critical analyses of school policy guidelines, educational values, and research provide a fundament for reflection and preparedness for educational practices

The core of pedagogy is ethical thinking and actions, which form a basis for evaluation of learning outcomes in this course. Pedagogy, together with didactics, constitutes the professional subject of practical-pedagogical education. The course is structured into the following main elements which emphasize pupils/students, teachers, the school as an organisation, and school’s role in society.

  • Learning, motivation, and subjectification
  • Didactics and curriculum analysis
  • Professional ethics and professionalism
  • Socialization, adolescence, and democracy
  • Educational policies, educational history, and pedagogical history of ideas

Learning outcome

A teacher student will transform into an autonomous teacher when being able to talk, read, and write using professional terminology. After this course the following learning outcomes will form a fundament for professional development:

The student

  • is able to contribute to an inclusive and caring community
  • is able to build relations to and cooperate with all students, parents, colleagues, and other relevant participants in the education system
  • demonstrates independent and ethical attitudes towards all students, parents, and colleagues, based on fundamental values such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and educational laws and regulations
  • is able to recognize connections between individual, social, and cultural components when working with adapted education, equality, and the drop-out issue
  • is able to use pedagogical knowledge when reflecting on and developing their own practices according to students’ prerequisites, interests, and needs
  • has a critical perspective on power in education, such as teachers’ professional exercise of power
  • has knowledge about relevant laws and guidelines for the teacher profession
  • is able to analyse and use national and local curriculums in educational planning in accordance with fundamental educational values
  • is able to critical reflect on different forms of evaluations and testing
  • is able to act professionally, describe, and critically reflect on professional, ethical and educational political issues
  • is able to use relevant research methods as applied to social sciences, contribute to, and implement a research and development project

Learning methods and activities

In this course there is an interaction between teacher practice, concepts and theoretical models, and reflexion.

Variation in learning methods is emphasized through a mix between lectures, seminars, and group work. Interdisciplinary work is also a priority, including participation in a group-based research and development project.

Being part of a learning community is an important part of professional education in pedagogy, and a preparation to become part of a teacher college.

Social learning in seminars is an important part of all learning processes related to the subject of pedagogy. Central to the seminars are the students' written and oral reflections, both individually and together with fellow students, on pedagogical topics.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group task for supervision R&D
  • Compulsory papers and activities
  • Compulsory participation in teaching periods

Further on evaluation

The final evaluation of the assessment part "Assignment" takes place in the second semester. The assessment answer can be written in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. For a detailed description of the course assessment, please see the study and teaching plan, along with own document regarding the R&D project.

A candidate who has not passed the course due to failing one of the components of assessment only needs to retake the failing component. In the event of a fail of the "Individual assignment" assessment, this can be delivered as a rectified version on more time. The same applies to a retake of a passed assessment.

A candidate who has completed all parts of the assessment may file a complaint related to one of the components. The candidate may appeal when the final grade is made available. It cannot be appealed against the grade in the oral exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Educational Theory and Practice - Part Time Post Graduate, General Studies (2 years) (FPPU-A)
Educational Theory and Practice - Part Time Post Graduate, Vocational Education (2 years) (FPPU-Y)

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PPU4110 30.0 AUTUMN 2008
PPU4000 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
PPU4700 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
PPU4702 15.0 AUTUMN 2014
PPU4601 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
PPU4602 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
PPU4603 15.0 AUTUMN 2016
LÆR1000 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
PPU4100 22.5 AUTUMN 2019
PPU4400 22.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Practical teacher training
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Report 1/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Report 1/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 1/3
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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