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Education B, Education for All - The Swedish System, 7,5 credits

General data

Code: PE045G
Subject/Main field: Pedagogik
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (B)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G2F - First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Education
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 8/26/2008
Date of change: 7/18/2017
Version valid from: 8/10/2016


The aim of the course is that the student, within the major area of teacher educational studies, developes:

- ability to make independent and critical judgement;
- ability to identify, formulate and solve problems independently,
- readiness to meet the changes in working life, and search for and evaluate knowledge on a scientific level,
- ability to follow the development of knowledge and exchange knowledge also with people without special knowledge within the field.

Course objectives

After completion of the course the students should:
- have gained knowledge and understanding of the contemporary educational system and the features and development of childcare and schooling in Sweden,
- display ability to critically reflect on and analyze the policies and practice of childcare and schooling in political, societal, cultural, and pedagogical contexts,
- have gained knowledge and understanding of the importance of equality and fundamental values for educational work,
- display ability to search, collect and interpret relevant information concerning educational development in historical and international perspectives.


The Swedish educational system in general, as well as with a special focus on childcare and schooling.
-Curricala and other policy documents concerning childcare and schooling in Sweden.
- Features of family politics and its influence on childcare and schooling.
- The development of teachers´profession
- Policies and implementation concerning "education for all"
- Fundamental values of democracy in educational work.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching is normally organized through lecturing, seminars, group exercises and tutorials. The teaching activities can be carried out with support from information and communication technology as a whole or partly. Parts of the teaching can be compulsory. The course will be given in English.

Examination form

The course examinations are written and oral, continuous or final. The course work should be examined at the ordinary examination or re-examined at a later occasion during the same semester. Two opportunities to re-examine the course work are normally given in the following semester while the student has requested it. After that a student with a fail-grade is advised to participate in the next ordinary examination. Re-examinations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within one year after the first registration on the course.
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Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Ahlström, Björn
Article title: Student participation and school success. The relationship beteween participation, grades and bullying among 9th grade students in Sweden.
Journal: Education inquiry
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2010/ Vol 1, No 2

Author: Berhanu, Girma
Title: Even in Sweden? Excluding the included: Some reflections on the consequenses of new policies on educational processes and outcomes, and equity in education
Edition: 2010
Publisher: International journal of Special Education, Vol 25, No 3.
Comment: 10 pp.

Author: Dewey, John
Title: My pedagogic Creed
Edition: The school Journal, Vol LIV, No3
Publisher: 1897
Comment: 8 pp.

Author: Emilson, Anette
Article title: Young Children's Influence in Preschool
Journal: International Journal of Early Childhood
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2007/ v39n1/ p11-38

Author: Englund, Tomas
Title: Rethinking democracy and education: towards an education of deliberative citizens
Edition: 2000
Publisher: J Curriculum Studies, 2000, vol 32, No 2, 305-313
Comment: 9 pp.

Author: Närvänen, A L, Elvstrand, H
Article title: What is participation? Pedagogues interpretative repertoires and ideological dilemmas regarding childrens participation in Swedish leisure-time centres.
Journal: International journal for research on extended education
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2015/Volume 3

Author: The Swedish National Agency for Education
Title: Curriculum for the compulsory school, preschool class and the recreation centre
Edition: 2011
Publisher: Skolverket, Stockholm
Comment: 279 pp. ISBN 978-91-86529-58-1

Author: The Swedish National Agency for Education
Title: Curriculumn for the Pre-school Lpfö98
Edition: reviderad 2010
Comment: 19 pp.

Author: The Swedish National Agency for Education
Title: Educational equity in the Swedish school system? A quantitative analysis of equity over time
Edition: 2014
Publisher: Skolverket, Stockholm
Comment: ISBN 978-91-7559-120-9. 95 pp

Author: The Swedish National Agency for Education
Title: General Guidelines and comments for quality in leisure-time centres
Edition: 2014
Publisher: Skolverket
Comment: 35 pp.