This course is discontinued

EDU4200 – Core Focus Areas in Comparative and International Education

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Course content

The course provides students with in-depth knowledge of a range of important areas in Comparative and International Education. These will be dealt with under two broad headings: Politics, governance and management; and Inclusion in and exclusion from education. They include topics, such as civil society and educational policy nationally and globally, international organisations and the practice of Education for All, policies on decentralisation, public-private partnerships, curriculum, learning and assessment, teachers, teacher professionalism and teacher development, and a range of dimensions related to issues of quality, relevance, access and equity.

Learning outcome

The course will provide specialized knowledge in the selected areas. In particular, it will assist students in selecting new areas for research and in analysing existing interpretations, theories and methods.


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 Comparative and International Education Programme is open to all students who fulfil the basic requirements above. The main target groups are international students, for example students under the 'Quota' Programme (developing countries), NOMA scholarship students from developing countries, partner institutions, Erasmus students and NORDPLUS students. Norwegian students are also encouraged to apply.

All students in the 2nd semester of the programme have equal access to the course. Other applicants may be considered if there is capacity.

Only students who have been admitted to the course may attend the lectures, seminars and examination.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students admitted into the Comparative and International Education Programme are required to have passed the previous courses.


The courses combines lectures with seminars, group work, exercises and oral presentations by students.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required of all students. If a student does not fullfill the mandatory attendance requirement, they will need to apply for an additional assignment prior to passing the course.

In order to qualify for the exam, the students must have completed all 1st semester courses in the programme.

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.


Students are required to write a term paper of 15 -20 pages as a home assignment. The term paper is discussed together with the syllabus at an oral exam of approximately 45 minutes. A total of one hour exam, including 15 minutes for commission discussion.

The grading of the exam will be 50-50 division between the written assignment and oral exam.

Grades are A, B, C, D, E and F(ail).

Language of examination

The examination language is English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The assignment and oral exam will be combined together to count as the entire portion of the grade.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


This course will follow the evaulation schedule set by the institute
The term paper is graded by two examiners. The same two examiners will participate as the oral examiners

Facts about this course






Teaching is no longer offered for this course because of the new CIE structure. Exams will continue until Spring 2014.


Every spring

Exams will continue until Spring 2014.

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