Current Transformations of Educational Systems

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 4PE118

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Educational Sciences A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 9 November 2017
Responsible department
Department of Education

General provisions

The course is part of the Master's Programme in Sociology of Education and the Master's Programme in Educational Sciences with a Specialisation in Sociology of Education. It can also be given as an independent course.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree including at least 90 credits from a discipline pertaining to the social sciences or the humanities.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

  • describe new modes of governance in education and analyse how they affect contemporary educational systems
  • compare the transformation of educational systems in different countries and analyse differences and similarities in structure, organisation and usage
  • analyse how the re-organisation of educational systems in terms of marketisation, privatisation, and internationalisation has changed the conditions for institutions, professions and social groups
  • give short oral presentations


The course deals with contemporary transformations of educational systems in different countries. It focuses particularly on the emergence of new modes of governance, marketisation, privatisation and internationalisation and how these have changed the conditions for educational institutions, professions and social groups.


Lectures, seminars and workshops.


The assessment is based on oral and written assignments.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.