This course is discontinued

EDU4300 – Targeted issues in Comparative and International Education

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Course content

In support of the preparation of the MPhil thesis, a special course is designed on a number of targeted issues in Comparative and International Education that spring from the choice by students of topics for their MPhil thesis. The teaching of these issues will be integrated with the development of the research proposal for the thesis. The research proposals will be discussed in a seminar series in which students and supervisors participate.

Learning outcome

The course aims at enhancing the students’ capacity to identify innovative research topics, in view of existing knowledge, and to undertake independent research. This includes understanding how to develop relevant analytical approaches and research designs in view of a specific, self-selected topic.


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 3rd 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 examinations.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students are required to have passed all previous courses in order to attend this course.


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

There is a mandatory 80% attendance requirements for all courses. If a student does not fulfil the mandatory attendance requirement, they will need to complete an additional assignment prior to passing the course.

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 develop a research proposal of 15-20 pages that represents the skeleton of the MPhil thesis. The proposal draft will be approved by the teachers involved in the course.

The exam consists of a written paper. Requirements and deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the course. Students will receive a preliminary evalution of pass/fail. Students who fail the preliminary evaluation will have the possibility to rewrite their paper.

Language of examination

The examination language is English.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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

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 autumn

Exams will continue until Spring 2014.

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