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Education: Teaching and Learning in an International Context, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Utbildning: Undervisning och lärande i en internationell kontext

This syllabus is valid: 2017-11-27 valid to 2022-05-29 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 6PE193

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: First cycle

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Education

Established by: Head of Department of Education, 2015-08-31

Revised by: Head of Department of Education, 2017-11-20


The course addresses changes and development within global education policies, and examines school systems from an international perspective. The multicultural school is discussed and problematized from different perspectives, including increasing migration and mobility in a global setting. Current trends like monitoring of education are problematized.

Expected learning outcomes

After the course the students should have acquired competence to:

Knowledge and understanding
  • describe changes and development in national and international education policy
  • describe and discuss premises and possibilities for schools in a society in change

Skills and ability
  • identify and analyse challenges for education systems in a changing society

Values and attitudes
  • reflect on and identify underlying values, arguments and political initiatives working as driving forces that influence education


Required Knowledge

General qualifications for university studies. No demands for knowledge in Swedish as the course is given in English.

Form of instruction

The teaching forms are lectures, seminars and workshops.

Examination modes

For examination the student shall participate in examining seminars, and produce a written assignment on a chosen topic, which shall be approved by the course instructor within the frame-work of the course. 

To get a pass all examining tasks must be approved. To get a Pass with distinction the written assignment must in addition be graded as VG (pass with distinction), and special focus is placed on the student´s ability to problematize and analyze the content of the course.  The final grade is the examiners balanced assessment of the student´s results. The final grades are U (Fail), G (Pass) and VG (Pass with distinction). If special reasons exist, the examiner has the right to decide on another form of examination.

A student who has not been approved at an ordinary examination shall be offered a scheduled re-sit examination in close connection to the course (within two months). A third examination opportunity is offered within a year from the ordinary examination.

If examinations or compulsory learning sessions cannot be repeated in accordance with current rules for re-examination, they may be replaced by other forms of assignments. The extent and content of such an assignment shall be in proportion to the missing compulsory sessions. A student who has failed two different assignments in a course or a part of a course is entitled to get a new examiner, if not exceptional reasons oppose this (HF 6 chap 11b §). In any such case the student must get in contact with the Director of Studies at the department.

Students who receive the grade “Fail” at the third examination are requested to assign to the examinations the next time the course is given. Reexaminations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within two years after the first course registration.

Earlier studies that correspond to the course contents may require credit transfer. The review is individual. For more information, contact the study counselor.


Valid from: 2017 week 48

Hargreaves Andy
Second international handbook of educational change
Dordrecht : Springer : 2010 : 1077 p. :
ISBN: 9789048126590
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

A selection of articles from the book will be used and additional articles may be added.