This course is discontinued

HEMSUBSTE – Higher Education and Work

Course content

Higher Education and Work is a module in the Master Programme on Higher Education.

Learning outcome

The relationships between higher education and work are highly complex. Public and private employers face problems in identifying skill requirements. In a rapidly changing economy, it is all the more difficult to forecast future needs of the employment system. There are systematic limitations of determining the needs of the economy and society as far as graduates from institutions of higher education are concerned. They are expected to question the established work practices, to take over indeterminate work tasks and to contribute to innovation. Moreover, the relationships between higher education and the world of work seem to change rapidly amidst moves towards a knowledge society, a growing importance of life-long learning as well as a trend toward globalisation of economy and society. These are issues that will be covered in this module.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course is a part of the third semester of the Master Programme on Higher Education. Only students formally accepted to the programme may follow the course.


The module is built up of four weeks. The first week consists of one introductory lecture and individual literature studies. The second week is comprised of lectures and seminars, and in the third and fourth week the students write a paper.

The module has been developed, and is taught by lecturers from the Hedda partners, a European network of higher education research institutions


The examination of this module consists of a term paper on a topic related to the module. For the examination the following marks are used: PASS or FAIL

Facts about this course




Every autumn


Every autumn

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