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FLF3015 Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Higher Education 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FLF3015 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The historical development of the universities and higher education. The policy, management and control of the higher education. The research field higher education. Global higher education and research policy.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to introduce the research domain higher education and give an introduction to some considerable themes in this field, e.g. policy control, organisation, culture, profession.

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • discuss ideas around the nature of the university and its role in society and discuss how these have been developed over time
  • analyse different expectations on higher education and research and give examples of the response of the universities in the light of the preconditions
  • reflect on higher education as research object and reflect on his own research in the light of the themes of the course
  • comment on others' texts and reflect on the seminar form as method for learning

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to third-cycle education primarily in the subjects technology and learning, historical studies of technology or science and environment and secondarily closely related subjects.

Recommended prerequisites

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Information about course literature is announced in the course PM.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • UPP1 - Written report, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

To pass the course, actively prepared participation in the seminars is also required.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FLF3015

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences