This course is discontinued

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Course content

The course contains:
• a discussion of whether the Nordic 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 Nordic school development since World War II
• Competence in using historical and comparative sources to evaluate the Nordic school system as a part of the welfare state in the Nordic countries
• Perspectives on school development in the Nordic countries 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.


Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor level: Basic entrance requirements

(Master level: Bachelors degree or equivalent level of qualifications. Other applicants will be considered for admission individually).

It is recommended that students have at least 30 ECTS points within education or social sciences.

Overlapping courses

The course overlaps 100% with PED1330.


Lectures held by Danish, Swedish and Norwegian teachers.

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

Access to teaching

Only students that have a confirmed admission to the course through StudentWeb, may attend the classes. You will need to be enrolled in the course in order to complete the course requirements


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.


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. Se also under "Possibility of make-up exams and re-takes" below.

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Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination


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

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

A student can sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do this in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Feedback from our students is essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. As a student at the University of Oslo you will therefore be asked to participate in various types of evaluation of our courses, facilities and services. All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students on a particular course to participate in a more comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of this course, a so called "periodic evaluation".


Min. 5, max. 30 students.

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