LSAM001 - Comparative perspectives on Education, Citizenship and Democracy in Norway

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Vurderingsordning: Oppgave og muntlig eksamen
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

Vurdering Vekting Varighet Delkarakter Hjelpemidler
Individuell muntlig eksamen 49/100 30 minutter
Individuell oppgave 51/100 1 semestre ALLE

Faglig innhold

The course gives an introduction to the Norwegian educational system with a special emphasis on primary and secondary schooling. Central components are the Norwegian welfare state and Norwegian education policy, as well as Norwegian educational history. There is also an emphasis on education for democracy and citizenship, which is an area where Norwegian pupils score high on international measures. The course approaches these topics in a comparative perspective, and comparison with other countries helps students understand how school structures and school policies are associated with a social, cultural, historical and political context. The comparative perspective also gives students a better understanding of their home countries' educational structure and policies.



The candidate

  • Should have knowledge about Norwegian values and culture, and how these are integrated into our welfare state and particularly in our educational system
  • Should have knowledge about Norwegian educational history and policy in a comparative perspective, with a focus on the Norwegian unitary school tradition
  • Should have knowledge of the key perspectives of democratic education, and the Norwegian experience with teaching democracy
  • Should have knowledge of social science research methods and academic writing

Skills The candidate

  • Should be able to do comparative analyses based on empirical data and literature.
  • Should be able to exercise critical judgement on the reliability and validity of relevant sources
  • Should be able to work independently with academic and didactic issues
  • Should be able to work independently with research and academic writing

General competence The candidate

  • Should be able to engage in and stimulate critical reflection among pupils
  • Should be able to update themselves and reflect on their own teaching practice
  • Should be able to work independently and with others to identify, analyze and solve problems related to teaching

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

Teaching is organized in weekly teaching sessions composed of lectures, in-class discussion, student presentations, tutoring, and small writing assignments. Students are expected to complete 2-3 small comparative writing assignments as class preparation. In addition, students are expected to write an individual 15-page research paper where they are exploring some aspect of education in Norway or their home country in a comparative perspective. The paper should have a specific research question, be written in academic style, and follow the standards for academic writing at NTNU.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Obligatoriske arbeidskrav iht. emnebeskrivelsen

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Compulsory assignments:

  • Individual paper outline (for tutoring)
  • Individual paper first draft (for tutoring)

All obligatory course work will be evaluated Approved/Not Approved.

Exam and grading:

The final grade is calculated as a weighted average of the two following component parts - A paper (51%) - An individual oral exam (49%) The paper is written under academic supervision of a member of the department staff. Each component of the final grade can be improved individually.


The course is open to all foreign students studying at Norwegian University of Science and Technology for shorter or longer periods.


Final curriculum list will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the semester.

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Versjon: A
Studiepoeng:  7.5 SP
Studienivå: Grunnleggende emner, nivå I


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  HØST 2023

Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  VÅR 2024

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

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Vurderingsordning: Oppgave og muntlig eksamen

Termin Statuskode Vurdering Vekting Hjelpemidler Dato Tid Eksamens- system Rom *
Høst ORD Individuell oppgave 51/100 ALLE





Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
Høst ORD Individuell muntlig eksamen 49/100

21.11.2023 - 22.11.2023

Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
Vår ORD Individuell oppgave 51/100 ALLE INSPERA
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
Vår ORD Individuell muntlig eksamen 49/100
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
  • * Skriftlig eksamen plasseres på rom 3 dager før eksamensdato. Hvis mer enn ett rom er oppgitt, finner du ditt rom på Studentweb.

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