Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching

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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.

40 h corresponding to one week of full-time studies or 1.5 university credits (högskolepoäng). Please note that a passed result on the course only gives credits (högskolepoäng) after formal approval from your department or school. The same course is also offered in Swedish under the title "Att jobba rättsäkert och effektivt som lärare".

In order to be eligible you need a complete academic degree of at least bachelor's level. 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. Note that the application may close before the deadline if the course fills up. In case of too few applicants the course may be cancelled. 

Legal certainty and effectiveness in teaching

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

1 GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

2 ABOUT THE COURSE

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.

3 PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

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

4 APPLICABLE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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Read the courseplan as a pdf document

The plan is that the course will be offered on site on the Örebro campus. This decision may change depending on the situation with Covid-19 during the spring of 2021.

Course dates for the spring semester 2021
6th of may, 08:30 - 16:00
11th of may 09:00 - 12:00

The course is funded centrally for employees at Örebro University. Cancellation after the deadline for applications, without special circumstances, will incur an administrative fee of 2000 SEK. 

For external applicants the course fee is 2000 SEK (ex VAT) for the whole course. The same cancellation rules apply for external applicants. 

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

Course convenor Helen Stockhult 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 Anna Asplund at This is an email address or telephone 019-30 37 84.

The application form is open 15 October - 15 January at the latest.