Centre for Academic Development

Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching

Female teacher looking into the camera. She is sitting in front of students.

Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching is about the assignment of the university teacher based on laws, regulations and local governing documents.

The purpose of the course is to provide support to teachers to critically and constructively analyze pedagogical and didactic positions, opportunities and choices based on the teacher's formal conditions.

Credits and course dates

The workload of the course is 40 h corresponding to one week of full-time studies divided on two course sessions, but the course starts two weeks before the first course session with a number of preparatory tasks that you will find on the course site in the learning platform. These preparations correspond to most of the study time during the course, so it is important that time is allocated for this.

Day 1: Thursday 2 May, 8.30–16.00, digital.
Day 2: Thursday 16 May, 8.30–12.00, digital.

Eligibility and selection

In order to be eligible you need a complete academic degree of at least bachelor's level.

No selection is made. Applicants are offered a place on the course on a first-come, first-served basis provided a complete application has been submitted which the applicant’s head or director has approved.

In case of too few applicants the course may be cancelled.

Course fee

Employees at Örebro University:
800 sek/week excluding VAT
Total cost: 800 sek excluding VAT

External applicants:
2 000 sek/week excluding VAT
Totalt: 2 000 sek excluding VAT

The course fee will be invoiced after the deadline for registration for the course. In the event of cancellation after the last day of registration or an interruption of the course, no refund will be made. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, feel free to contact us at This is an email address.


Registration for the spring semester's course is now closed. Late registration is possible – subject to availability on the course – by sending an email to This is an email address.

Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching

Qualifying course on teaching and learning in higher education, 1 week
(Att jobba rättssäkert och effektivt som lärare)


Örebro University’s course offering relating to teaching and learning in higher education is set up in accordance with the recommendations concerning scope, aim and admission requirements for qualifying courses on teaching and learning in higher education adopted by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) on 14 April 2016, among other things to facilitate mutual recognition of these courses at Swedish higher education institutions. At Örebro University, the courses are offered as staff training.

In the course Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching, participants focus on the following of SUHF’s intended learning outcomes for qualifying courses on teaching and learning in higher education:

Participants shall demonstrate the ability to

  • apply relevant national and local rules and regulations, and to discuss society’s objectives for higher education and the academic teaching role in relation to their own practice and students’ active participation on courses and study programmes,
  • interact with students in an inclusive manner and demonstrate knowledge of rules and regulations regarding students with disabilities and of available student support,
  • reflect on their professional approach to academic teaching and their relationship with the students, and also towards the fundamental values of higher education, such as democracy, internationalisation, gender equality, equal opportunities and sustainability.


Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching corresponds to 40 working hours, i.e. one week of full-time studies. The syllabus has been approved by the director of the Centre for Academic Development on 19 August 2020.

2.1 Intended course learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants shall be able to

  • account for legislation – acts and ordinances – and steering documents pertaining to the university teacher’s role.

2.2 Course content

Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching discusses the university teacher’s role within the context of legislation (acts and ordinances) and local regulations. The purpose of the course is to provide knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations that govern the university teacher’s role, discussing areas such as legal certainty, rights and obligations, secrecy, conflicts of interest, and highlighting the formal framework for the university’s teacher’s role.

2.3 Learning format

Learning formats applied on the course are presentations and group discussions. Full-class instruction is combined with teaching in smaller groups. Course materials and course information are published on Örebro University’s learning platform.

2.4 Compulsory attendance

Since an important element on the course is the collegial exchange of experience and knowledge, participation is compulsory on all components of the course. Participants with less than full attendance are required to retake the course.

2.5 Examination

Examination on the course is through a self-marking test, completed on the university’s learning platform.

Grades used on the course Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching are Fail (U) and Pass (G). In the event of the grade Fail, the participant is entitled to re-examination for a period of two years after the first examination took place.

2.6 Reading list

Administrative Procedure Act (2017:900) (in Swedish)
UKÄ, Rättssäker examination (Fair examination), Fourth edition (2020)
Discrimination Act (2008:567) (in Swedish)
Additional readings include decisions from the Parliamentary Ombudsmen (JO), cases and internal university guidelines of up to 200 pages in total.

2.7 Course certificate

A course certificate is issued after completion of the course.


Higher education qualification at the undergraduate level/first cycle, or equivalent.



Read the courseplan as a pdf document

Course convenor Stefan Karlsson can answer questions regarding course content 
on 019-30 30 42 or email: This is an email address

For questions about practical issues such as the application, location, invoicing, please contact us at This is an email address .