Undergraduate course

Education in a Changing Society

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semester
  • Course codePED114
  • Number of semesters
  • Language English
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

The course was taught for the last time in the spring semester of 2017.

Objectives and Content

With a basis in education studies and social theory this course will discuss the development of the Norwegian educational system and some of the global challenges facing the educational system today.

The function and content of educational institutions are changing as society develops, and therefore the course will examine general traits of society's development and the changes in the educational institutions in context. The goal of the course is for the students to understand the possibilities and limitations the educational institutions give people and societies at a local, national and global level. Through their work in this course the students will learn to analyse the tasks and functions of educational institutions and to develop an understanding of what characterises a democratic, multicultural and inclusive education.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student..

  • can explain the main traits of how the Norwegian educational system grew forth
  • can discuss the function of educational institutions in a modern knowledge and network society locally, nationally and globally
  • can discuss challenges for education in a multicultural society
  • can keep up to date on social educational research


The student ..

  • can explain and use relevant educational and social theory
  • can find, assess and refer to relevant information and use this when working on a problem for a paper

 General competence

The student ..

  • can plan and conduct an independent written work
  • can give scholarly feedback to others¿ written work

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

 The course is open for students admitted to the one year programme in Education and for students admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Education.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Organised teaching consists of lectures, seminars and written assignments with feedback from course instructor and fellow students.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

It is compulsory to hand in assignments during the semester.

Forms of Assessment

The examination form is an essay of approximately 3000 words.

Grading Scale


Subject Overlap

15 ECTS credits reduction when combined with PED200.
5 ECTS credits reduction when combined with SOS108.

Assessment Semester

Spring. Exam is offered for the last time spring semester 2018. (Only for students with already approved compulsory assigngments).

Reading List

The reading list will be available 01.06. for the autumn semester and 01.12. for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology,s routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.


Contact Information

Faculty of Psychology,

Information Centre: studierettleiar.psyfa@uib.no

Tlf: (+47) 55 58 27 10

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester thesis

    Submission deadline
    18.12.2017, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Additional information
    Examination system
    Digital exam