This course is discontinued

EDU4100 – Introduction to Comparative and International Education

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The themes of the course include

  • what is Comparative and International Education?
  • the relationship between education and social change
  • an overview of the major theory bases in Comparative and International Education

Learning outcome

The course aims to familiarize you with the most important concepts, issues and theories in and approaches to the field of Comparative and International Education.

Upon completion of the course you are expected to:


  • understand and apply relevant theories and approaches to the study of key issues in Comparative and International Education
  • understand and analyse the complex interrelationship between education and social change processes


  • demonstrate capacity to identify pertinent research issues in the field of Comparative and International Education
  • demonstrate capacity to analyse pertinent research issues in view of relevant theories and approaches
  • demonstrate capacity to present and discuss in oral and written form issues in the field of Comparative and International Education


  • document understanding and oral, written and analytical competences of relevance to the field of Comparative and International Education


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


The teaching combines lectures, group work, student presentations and seminars.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


You are required to write a paper of 10-12 pages as a home assignment. Requirements and deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the course.The paper will be graded pass/fail. If you fail, you will have a chance to rewrite the paper based on detailed feedback. The assignment will count as the entire portion of the final course grade.

There is a mandatory 80 per cent attendance requirements for all courses. If you do not fulfil the mandatory attendance requirement, you will need to complete an additional assignment prior to passing the course. You must pass the first introductory course in order to continue in the programme.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic course evaluation Autumn 2017

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

Last time this course is taught is autumn 2018


Every autumn

Last chance to re-take exam in this course is autumn 2019 and only for students who have completed the course requirements in autumn 2018 or prior.

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