This course is discontinued

PED1330 – The Scandinavian School Model?

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course contains the following elements:

  • a discussion of whether the Scandinavian countries (i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) have – or have had – a unique school model
  • the school (i.e. elementary and secondary school) seen in a historical perspective (after World War II) and a comparative perspective (to other European countries)
  • the following five main themes: the comprehensive school, governing, public and private schools, differentiation, evaluation and assessment
  • the interaction between school systems and politics as a recurrent theme

Learning outcome

  • Insight into main trends of the Scandinavian school development since World War II.
  • Competence in using historical and comparative sources to evaluate the Scandinavian school system as a part of the Scandinavian welfare state.
  • Perspectives on school development in Scandinavia compared to other parts of Europe.


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.

You cannot follow and complete the requirements in this subject unless you have applied and been offered a place in the course. For more information, see Exam information.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


Lectures held by Danish, Swedish and Norwegian teachers.

The course will be offered over a limited number of weeks.


Requirements (obligatory components):

The students are required to write a paper of 8-12 pages (4000-6000 words).

The deadlines for requirements will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

You will need to be enrolled in the course in order to complete the course requirements.


The paper is to be submitted within deadline.

To retake an exam: You can retake the exam if you have previously attended this course and had your requirements approved. You may thus undertake exam the next time this course is running. These regulations take effect Spring 2008 and do not apply retrospectively. An exam can be taken 3 times. Contact the student administration at PFI directly for admission to a new exam.

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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.

Facts about this course




As of Autumn 2008 this course will no longer run. It will be replaced in full by PED2330.


Every autumn

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