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407517P Education as a Science, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 407517P  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Education as a Science  Abbreviation Education as a 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline2505 Education 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Education 

ECTS Credits 

5 credits

Language of instruction 



1st year autumn

Learning outcomes 
  • Describe the main paradigms and define the basic concepts of educational sciences

  • Identify some of the most influential, past and contemporary educational theorists

  • Consider the role of practical and theoretical knowledge in teacher’s profession

  • Apply the acquired knowledge in classroom discussions on international and multicultural learning and teaching contexts

  • Is able to read academic texts on education and write a short academic essay
  • Theories and concepts of mainstream educational sciences and intercultural education

  • Formal education, informal and non-formal education

  • Epistemology: forms of knowledge and knowledge production, cultural impact on knowledge construction

  • Teacher’s professional development and teacher’s identity formation

  • Basics of academic writing
Mode of delivery 

Blended teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 20h, seminars 10h, and independent study 105h

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The course is part of Basic Studies in Education

Assessment methods and criteria 

Method of assessment

Active participation in lectures and seminars based on the lectures, seminars and study material. The assignment can be individual or group essay/ individual or book exam / learning journal/ portfolio / other assignment given in the beginning of the course.


Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria is based on the learning outcomes of the course.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.



Person responsible 

Katri Jokikokko


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