VL3010 - Lifelong learning, politics and governance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100
Oral examination

Course content

The main focus of the course is to present and discuss key perspectives  and theories that deal with governance and power, such as bureaucracy theory, new public management, governance, governmentality. A key theme is how policies aimed at adult learning and lifelong learning are translated into practice. The historical development in the political rationale for adult learning, and how this is expressed in Norwegian educational reforms from "Voksenopplæringsloven" (the Adult Educational Act) of 1976 and up to the present days has a central place. Among other things, adult’s opportunities in the educational system, Reform 94, the Competence Reform, the Knowledge Promotion and the new Competence reform (2020) will be discussed. The course also deals with lifelong learning as a national and international phenomenon, and how politics and social change offer new meanings for individuals and society.

Learning outcome

The student knows the political processes and perspectives of education policy which is relevant for adult learning and lifelong learning. The student knows how Norwegian educational reforms and changes have shaped lifelong learning and adult learning, in an international context. The student has knowledge about underlying management rationalities and different forms of governance, as well as how this is expressed in a practical context. The student can define and utilize theoretical perspectives and concepts, and discuss relevant political initiatives.

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.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 2022

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 and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100



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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