HEM4230 – The Economic and International/Global Dimension of Higher Education

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About teaching and exam autumn 2020: 

Teaching and exam this semester may be affected by the situation related to the corona virus. Changes in the plans may occur. You will find updated information on the semester page. 


The Economic and International/Global Dimension consists of two units

1. Higher education economics

The economics of higher education will be the topic of this unit, implying that topics such as the following will be addressed

  • the meaning and implications of the ‘economization’ of higher education and higher education policies
  • changes in public and private funding patterns of higher education
  • the rapid changes in relationships between higher education and the world of work amidst moves towards a knowledge society
  • the growing importance of lifelong learning
  • the trend toward globalisation of economy and society

2. Globalization, internationalization and the knowledge society

This unit will identify and analyse the impact of globalisation/internationalization trends and the demands of the knowledge society on higher education. Key issues will include

  • the changing role of national governments in the coordination of higher education systems, multi-level policy formulation and implementation
  • the effects of increasing global competition on the various functions of higher education and on institutional and programme diversity and strategies for organisational adaptation

Learning outcome

The aim of the first unit is to provide you with a theoretical foundation of the economic dimension of higher education. Amongst other things, the aim is to increase your understanding of the importance of the economic dimension of higher education in the framework of the international discussions on the knowledge society/economy. As an important element in this, you will also learn the nature and importance of the current ‘privatization’ trend in higher education. The aim of the second unit is to provide you with a theoretical foundation concerning the main internationalization and globalization trends in higher education.


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This course is primarily for students enrolled in the Master of Philosophy in Higher Education programme.  Students outside of this programme who are interested in taking this course can be admitted if there are available places.


The units offer lectures and seminars relating to the described subjects. Each unit is organized in block form. The consists of one introductory lecture, lectures and seminars. A minimum of 80 per cent attendance is required of all students.


You are required to write one paper per unit based on the literature. The papers ought not to exceed more than 7 pages in length. The papers will be reviewed by the involved teaching staff.

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 scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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 2016

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