VL3010 - Lifelong learning, politics and governance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Oral examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course provides an introduction to lifelong learning as an international fenomenon. It presents and discusses core perspectives in politics and theories on governance and authority, and how this gets realized in practical contects. The course also gives an overview of the historical development of political thinking in adult learning with a main focus on Norwegian politics and educational reforms, from "Voksenopplæringsloven" (the Adult Education Act) of 1976 to the present. Adult opportunities in the education system, Reform 94, the Competence Reform and the Knowledge Promotion will also be discussed.

Learning outcome

The student knows political processes and persepectives relevant to education policy and adult learning.
The students 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 utilise theoretical perspectives and concepts, and discuss relevant political initiativs.

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

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

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 01.09.2011
More on the course



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
  • 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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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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