MAY4300 Perspektiver i fag- og yrkesopplæring Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Perspectives on Learning in Vocational Education and Training
Master i yrkespedagogikk, deltid
15 stp.


In most countries, VET is characterized by different and changing learning arenas and by many actors and stakeholders involved. This course focuses on learning processes and boundary crossing towards becoming skilled workers. Vocational competence development, as well as re-skilling and upskilling in a life-long learning perspective, will be addressed. Furthermore, the course explores theories and discourses on vocational knowledge and vocational identity formation.


Passed MAY4100 and MAY4200


Learning outcomes

After completion of the course of study, the student will have acquired the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • has developed in-depth knowledge about vocational learning in and across different contexts
  • has developed in-depth knowledge about identity development and cultural formations in VET
  • has developed knowledge about learning trajectories and lifelong learning
  • has developed knowledge about theories on vocational knowledge



The student

  • is able to participate in discourses on vocational competencies and knowledge
  • is able to compare research-based vocational knowledge in and across different contexts


General competence

The student

  • has developed consciousness and reflections on learning processes and practices in VET
  • has developed competencies to analyze and communicate issues related to vocational knowledge and identity formation
  • has developed competencies to critically analyze actors and stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities concerning learning in VET


Topics of the course are:

  • Vocational learning in and across different contexts (i.e., in trades, at work, in school)
  • Learning and boundary crossing in VET
  • Vocational knowledge and identity formation
  • Discourses on vocational competences and knowledge
  • Learning trajectories and lifelong learning
  • Actors’ and stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities in VET

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course consists of three parts, of which the first and the third take place at Oslo Metropolitan University. In-between, there is an online course with individual and group work requirements.


This course is based on a combination of lecture dialogues, student presentations, group experiments, and group works on thematic issues. Collaborative learning makes a core value in the program, giving justice to the experience and academic assets the students bring to the program. This includes composition of student groups consisting of people with a different background.


English is the principal language of instruction in lectures; however, the course will be taught in Norwegian if no English-speaking students have registered in the course.     

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following coursework is required and must be approved before the student can take the exam:

  • Individual submission of a written short-paper (500- 700 words) discussing a theme accentuated in the course.
  • An oral presentation of results developed through online group discussions (15 minutes per group).
  • There is a requirement of 80% participation in all classes to sit for the exam. For more details see the program plan.


The coursework requirements may be submitted in Norwegian language and must be submitted by the deadlines. Students who fail to meet the coursework requirements can be given an extended deadline. Students whose work is not approved will be given the possibility to revise and re-submit the coursework one more time. A new deadline must be agreed upon with the course responsible teacher.

Vurdering og eksamen

The student must submit an individual written assignment on a given topic as a home exam over two weeks with a scope of 3000 words +/-10%. One internal and one external examiner perform the assessment. The coursework requirements may be submitted in Norwegian language.

New/postponed exam

New/postponed exam will be scheduled as a regular exam. A new topic will be given. Regulations for sitting a postponed/new examination are to be found in «Regulations relating to studies and examinations at Oslo Metropolitan University. The student shall be responsible for the registration for a postponed/new examination.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All examination support materials allowed.


Exams will be assessed by grades on a scale between A and F in which the grades A-E are considered passing grades, and the grade F is a failing grade.


One internal and one external examiner perform the assessment