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SYKF110 Academic Education and Academic Skills

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This course aims to enhance students' understanding of various professions and disciplines, fostering reflection on knowledge and ethics in relation to education and sustainability. It seeks to promote perspectives and theories that deepen the comprehension of contemporary globalization and provide a foundation for addressing complex challenges. The course encourages students to be active, curious, take responsibility for their own learning, and develop innovative capabilities.

Academic education refers to how an individual's personality, behaviour, and morality are shaped within society. The ability of individuals to shape and be shaped based on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour aids in meaningful living in the world. Education allows for the existence of civilized, sustainable, and free societies, enabling them to cope with the historical situation.

Academic education constructs individuals and societies, involving the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities—a crucial aspect of education that empowers individuals to participate in a changing society. The concept of sustainability encompasses a conservation perspective but also embodies a desire for innovation and development. Sustainability is based on three equal pillars: ecological sustainability, economic sustainability, and socio-cultural sustainability.

The course, scheduled in the first semester, involves collaboration between students and academic staff. It consists of a common section worth 5 credits and a specific component tied to the differing disciplines typically amounting to 2.5 or 5 credits. These components form an integrated unit in teaching.

In the Teacher Education in Practical-Aesthetic Subjects for Grades 1-13 (LUPE), the course has a scope of 15 credits.

The course content covers ethics, scientific theory, research methods, sustainability, academic writing, information literacy, source utilization, communication, collaboration, and professional history.

Learning Outcome


The candidate...

  • Understands the main discussions on sustainable development in the global community
  • Possesses knowledge of scientific research methods and evidence-based knowledge
  • Understands the relevance of professional competence and the relationship between theory and practice in their own profession or discipline
  • Recognizes the connection between professional competence, the workforce, and society in the present and past
  • Demonstrates knowledge of communication and collaboration
  • Has knowledge of ethics


The candidate...

  • Can reflect on key issues within their field and the sciences in general
  • Identifies and reflects on crucial ethical issues and dilemmas
  • Can find, assess, and use various knowledge sources and digital tools in their knowledge-building
  • Can develop, revise, and complete an academic text that meets the academic requirements

General Competence:

The candidate...

  • Can plan and execute diverse tasks over time, both independently and as part of a group
  • Can convey central subject matter and engage in critical discussions about sustainability within their field and in the sciences in general

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

The course employs student-active learning methods and a "flipped classroom" pedagogy with digital resources in Canvas. Instructional methods vary between resource lectures and activities that promote reflection and group belonging. Students receive guidance.

Compulsory learning activities

The following mandatory learning activities must be approved before the student is eligible for examination in the course:

  • Individual reflective essay related to sustainability and their own profession or discipline (the length of the essay to be defined by the program coordinator in line with the course scope).
  • Digital course in information literacy to find, assess, and use various knowledge sources and digital tools in their knowledge-building.
  • Participation in group work with guidance related to conveying central subject matter, discussions about sustainability, and reflection on their own field and the sciences in general.

The same rules for absence in practice apply to mandatory learning activities, as per the regulations on studies and examinations at HVL.


Written group assignment, length 1500 words for 7.5 credits, 2000 words for 10 credits, and 3000 words for 15 credits +/-10%.

All members of the group are expected to contribute to a joint product. If there is doubt about whether an examination candidate has contributed sufficiently to warrant recognition for a joint product, this should be documented by all group members and the subject coordinator. HVL may decide that the examination candidate will be considered as not having attended the exam. In that case, the student must submit a new assignment for the next examination. cf: § 11-17 Group Examination.

Assessment expression: Pass or fail or not completed.

Re-examination: If the assignment is not passed, it is possible to submit a revised version by the end of the subsequent semester.

Examination support material


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Course reductions

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