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Education B, International and comparative education

General data

Code: PE061G
Subject/Main field: Pedagogik
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (B)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 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: 6/14/2016
Version valid from: 8/10/2016


The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge about international and comparative education which will enable the students to compare different education systems and examine these systems in relation to other countries and international standards.

Course objectives

After completion of the course the students should:
- have knowledge about the reasons to compare education systems in different countries,
- know how different education systems can be compared and how they are compared,
- know where to find information about the education systems of different countries and comparisons of these systems,
- be able to collect information from different sources to compare and examine different education systems


- Theory, methods and practice related to international and comparative education.
- International organisations working with education: UNESCO, EU, OECD, World Bank, IEA, etc.
- International processes comparing education and availability of international educational statistics, for example Education for All, the Lisbon process, PISA and “Education at a Glance”
- Comparison of different education systems

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

The course is taught as a regular course through a number of lectures and seminars. A part of the course is organised as individual or pair work comparing education in selected countries.

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: Baker, David & LeTendre, Gerald
Title: National Differences, Global Similarities: World Culture and the Future of Schooling.
Edition: 2005
Publisher: Stanford University Press

Author: Carr, Wilfed, Hartnett, Anthony ( 1 publ)
Title: Education and the struggle for democracy the politics of education ideas Wilfred Carr and Anthony Hartnett
Edition: 1996
Publisher: Buckingham: Open Uneversity Press.

Author: European Commission
Title: Progress towards the Lisbon Objectives in Education and Training. Indicators and benchmarks 2007
Edition: 2007
Publisher: European Commission

Author: Kubow, Patricia K. & Fossum, Paul, R
Title: Comparative Education: Exploring Issues in International Context (2nd Edition)
Edition: 2007
Publisher: Prentice-Hall

Author: OECD
Title: Education at a Glance 2007
Edition: 2007
Publisher: OECD Indicators

Author: UNESCO
Title: Education For All. Global Monitoring Report. Summary.
Edition: 2007
Publisher: UNESCO Press

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