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408527S Comparative Educational Research, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 408527S  Validity 01.08.2013 -
Name Comparative Educational Research  Abbreviation Comparative Edu 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline2505 Education 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Education 

Katri Jokikokko 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



1st year, Spring

Learning outcomes 
  • Define the field of comparative educational research with reference to central characteristics and approaches 
  • Recognize the possibilities and challenges in comparative research 
  • Map different theoretical and methodological frameworks in the field 
  • Analyse implications in knowledge/power production related to North-South-East-West relations 
  • Discuss current themes in debates about comparative education 
  • Theoretical debates on research in comparative education 
  • Methodologies of comparative education research 
  • Implication of knowledge production and power relations in the field of education 
  • Political economy of knowledge production 
  • Post-/de-colonial turn in comparative education 
Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching 

Learning activities and teaching methods 

20h lectures, 20h seminars, 95h independent work  

Target group 

1st year students in the Master’s Degree Programme in Education and Globalisation 

Recommended optional programme components 

1st and 2nd year EdGlo courses: 408512S, 408513S, 408514S, 408530S and 408516S 

Recommended or required reading 

Bray, M., Adamson, B., & Mason, M. (Eds.). (2007). Comparative education research approaches and methods. Hong Kong: Springer. 

Larry E. Suter, L. E., Smith, E. and Denman, B. D. (Eds). (2019). The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Studies in Education. SAGE Publications. 

Other study material will be confirmed at the beginning of the course. 

Assessment methods and criteria 

Method of assessment: Active participation in lectures and seminars and the completion of given tasks. 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. 

Criteria for assessment of the seminar work / presentation: 

0 = it is unfinished, fragmentary; the text is not connected to the theme of the course, only few references. 

1 = it is very superficial, disconnected matters are presented, and references are weakly used. 

2 = it is superficial, matters are disconnected in some places, references are satisfactorily used. 

3 = it contains reflection on the theme, matters are connected to each other, there is a plot in the work, using references is at a good level. 

4 = it is presented and written in an analytical way, matters are well connected to each other, using references is mainly at a very good level. 

5 = it is presented and written in a systematic and analytical way, matters are connected to each other very well, the using of references is excellent. 


0 - 5

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Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration S Comparative Education (EdGlo 1st year)  Course  Magda Karjalainen  12.01.21 -01.04.21

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