This course is discontinued

UV9355 – New Policy Actors and Education Policymaking

Course content

The aims of this course is to:

  • To examine the resources that education policymakers and professionals draw on and use to frame, interpret and enact policy and reforms.
  • To examine the growth of consultants, consultancy, and ‘consultocracy’ within the private sector as knowledge resources to support policymakers and professionals.
  • To explore the methodological and conceptual issues in undertaking this type of policy research.

Learning outcome

This two-day programme will focus on issues of knowledge production in the policy-making process. Specifically, we will begin with the concerns, roles and location of policymakers and professionals in regard to bringing about improvements in education. We will then ask the question: who do these people turn to for support, and why? What types of knowledge are regarded as valid? What forms of knowing (methodologies) are regarded as valid? Who are trusted knowers, who are regarded as people who know or ‘in the know’? We then go onto focus on the rapid growth of private sector consultants both from big global firms, through to people who have been made redundant from state organisations and have set up their own consultancy businesses. We will look at who these people are, what they do, and what it means for policymaking.


In the sessions we will look at the current research evidence, and the most up to date evidence from various projects. In addition, we will look at ways in which this can be theorized and understood.


We will examine the issues involved in designing and working on such a project, particularly the ethical issues.


Deadline for registration: January 17, 2015


Location: University of Oslo, Helga Eng’s House, room 231
Dates: February, 3-4, 2015

Duration: 12 timer

Work format: Open lectures and seminars

Responsible: Professor Jorunn Møller, and Associate Professor Kirsten Sivesind, University of Oslo.

Guest Professor: Helen M. Gunter, University of Manchester/University of Oslo



Credits: Participation two days and submitted paper: 3 credits. Participation two days, but not submitted paper: 1 credit


Paper for seminar: 5000-6000 words.

Send to track leaders no later than January 21, 2015.

Jorunn Møller

Kirsten Sivesind


Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Facts about this course






Spring 2015


80 % attendance/submission of paper

Credits: 3 credits with documentation, 1 credit without documentation


Spring 2015



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