VL3010 - Lifelong learning, politics and governance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The main focus of the course is lifelong learning as a topic of national and international policy and governance. Concepts and theories of governance and power (bureaucracy theory, new public management, governance and governmentality) provide perspectives on how policies aimed at adult learning and lifelong learning are formed and translated into practice. Historical developments in the political rationale for adult learning, and how this is expressed in Norwegian educational reforms from the Adult Educational Act (Voksenopplæringsloven) of 1976 and up to the present days has a central place. Among other things, adults’ opportunities in the educational system are problematized through Reform 94, the Competence Reform (1997), the Knowledge Promotion and the new Competence reform (2020) will be discussed. Policy and governance of adults and lifelong learning create frameworks that contain expectations of educational and learning behavior in both the education system and working life, that this course is intended to highlight.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student is expected:

  • to have knowledge of political processes and perspectives of education policy which is relevant for adult learning and lifelong learning.
  • to have knowledge of how Norwegian educational reforms and changes have shaped lifelong learning and adult learning, in an international context.
  • to have knowledge of theories and forms of governance and how this is expressed in a practical context.
  • to be able to apply theoretical perspectives and concepts and discuss relevant political initiatives.
  • to have a general understanding of political forms of governance and how these are expressed in practice

Learning methods and activities

Sessionbased-teaching. Lectures, seminars. Take a look at Blackboard for detailed information about compulsory assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Partizipation in 80% of the teaching program

Further on evaluation

Term paper of ca. 10 pages (A4, line spacing 1,5, Times New Roman 12 pt.) and oral examination. A list of possible topics for the term paper will be presented. Oral examination can be used to adjust the grade with up to an entire grade. Students who fail an exam or want to improve the grade, must resit all assessments. Complete approved compulsory assignments must not be resat.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree in social sciences or humanities, or equivalent.

The required prerequisite knowledge must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
VILL3010 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Adult Education and Learning
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 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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