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Introduction to Special Education: International and Comparative Perspectives

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

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This course provides an overview of special educational needs. It addresses educational strategies for the teaching of pupils with special educational needs and policy background of special education in a comparative international perspective. It discusses historical and contemporary issues, concepts and values in the international field of special education. Course delivery is through lectures, seminars to individual and group assignments.

Please note that the course will be given on distance Spring Term 2021.

  • Course structure

    This basic course in special education covers societal, group and individual aspects of special education. It examines historical foundations and development of special education in Sweden and internationally as represented in national and international legislation. It reviews central debates, issues and concepts in the international field of special education such as inclusive education, values in relation to individuals in need of extra support, the role of family and culture. The course introduces central models of human development, different models of disabilities, as well as established theories and practices of educational intervention. The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, case studies, group discussions, film reviews, and service-learning pedagogy elements such as writing critical reflection papers.

    Teaching format

    The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, case studies, group discussions, film reviews, and service-learning pedagogy elements such as writing critical reflection papers.


    Both formative and summative assessments are integral component of the course.


    Absenteeism of more than 20% may disqualify the student from the course. All seminars are mandatory. Lectures are mandatory. Failure to attend seminars and lectures will result in an extra assignment.

    Forms of examination

    Students are required to write two individual critical reflection papers of 500 words that are graded according to the 7-scale grading system. The group written examination is graded either as Pass/Fail and the allocated word limit is between 1500-2000 words.

    The Final individual examination is in the form of a take home exam. A number of questions will be posed covering all the learning outcomes of the course.

    Final Grade:
    The final grade for the course is a combination of the country assignment, the oral examination and the final examination.


    Khaleda Gani Dutt

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Please note that the course will be given on distance Spring Term 2021.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • More information

     For more information and updates on Stockholm University and Covid-19.

    Web registration

    The web registration period will be open from 28 December 2020 to 7 January 2021 for students who applied to the course through Universityadmission. Register online by logging in to Ladok.

    Eramus students will be registered by the course administrator.


    Athena is the online learning platform we use to facilitate discussion and reflection on the course literature and where all information and resources can be found. Only admitted students to the course have access to the platform Athena.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator: Khaleda Gani Dutt

    Course administrator: Jovana Martic

    International coordinator