PED4306 – Education, Equity and Social Justice

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Course content

This course examines conceptions of equality and equity related to educational policies and practices and how these interplay with globalization and current social changes.

The themes of the course include:

• Perspectives on equality, justice and education, in the context of globalization and social change

•Topical issues and dilemmas regarding social justice in education and education for social justice today

• Examples of empirical studies related to equity, social justice, education and social change.

Learning outcome

In this course you shall:

  • Gain conceptual understanding of various theoretical and philosophical perspectives on equality, justice and education in the context of globalization and social change. 
  • Know how to identify and examine current issues and dilemmas regarding social justice in education and education for social justice today. 
  • Be able to analyse issues related to social justice in education and education for social justice from various perspectives.


Participation requires admission to the Master’s Programme Utdanning, danning og oppvekst or Comparative and International Education. The course is open for exchange students.

Capacity: 60

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with EDU4201. Core Focus Areas in Comparative and International Education


The course combines lectures with seminars that run parallel with the lectures. The seminars engage students in workshops, group work, exercises and oral presentations.

Mandatory activities: 

  • Minimum 60% attendance is required for the seminars.
  • Oral presentation, individually or in groups, related to relevant media reports and literature on the syllabus. 

Mandatory activities must be completed and approved before you can take the exam. 

Access to teaching

You must be admitted to this course in order to take part in the activities offered.


Individual six hours written exam. 

The mandatory components must be completed and approved. 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

The assignment will be given 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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Special examination arrangements

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The course is evaluated periodically.

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