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UV9409 – Hannah Arendt: Worldliness, Plurality, and Education

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If we think of the educators’ responsibility to gradually introduce the child to the world, to foster an understanding of the world as it is, then our children are the hope for the future; Hannah Arendt turns our attention towards the double task of the educator: to protect the child and to counter world-alienation. The teacher’s task, then, would be to gradually introduce the child to the world, then turning to Arendt is particularly relevant, because worldliness (“a mode of engagement”), natality (“the miracle of beginning”), and plurality (“the basic condition of both action and speech”) at the core of her thinking.

The course contains 4 main themes:

  • Hannah Arendt’s concept of world
  • Hannah Arendt : education and renewing our common world
  • Hannah Arendt: Thinking and Judging – our instruments of orientation in the world
  • Hannah Arendt and Democracy

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PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD Programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through StudentWeb

Other applicants may apply using this registration form.

Registration deadline: 20 March 2016.

Please be advised that the course may be cancelled should the number of participants be too low.


This is an intensive course over two days, comprising a total of 14 hours.

Dates: 6-7 April 2016.

Location: University of Oslo, Helga Eng’s building, Room 231.



To obtain 1 study point 80% attendance in the course is required.

To obtain 3 study points participants need to submit a paper (5-7 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5). 80% attendance is required.

Papers are to be submitted electronically to Helgard Mahrdt ( with a copy to Olga Mukhina (

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Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Spring 2016


Spring 2016

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