Educating for Critical Thinking


Admission requirements

Entry requirements
1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent
2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school


credits 100%


Syllabus for students spring 2021

Course Code:
HP622E revision 1
Swedish name:
Utbilda för kritiskt tänkande
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
03 June 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
03 June 2020

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent
2. The equivalent of English B, or English 6, in Swedish secondary school


The aim of the course is for the student to deepen her/his understanding of criticality, critical thinking and critical approaches within the context of teaching in higher education.


The course provides an introduction to the concept of criticality. During the course, the question of what it means to be critical is discussed, as well as how students can be introduced to a critical approach. Among other things, it deals with:
• The objectives and goals of higher education

• Criticality in theory and practice
• The introduction and practice of critical thinking
• Learning as a research process
• Progression in critical thinking
• Translating critical thinking into speech and text
• Assessment of critical approaches

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to
1. discuss a few fundamentally different forms of criticality
2. reflect on the prerequisites for ensuring that teaching supports the development of students' opportunities to exercise critical thinking and action
3. plan and critically discuss an education element intended to stimulate the development of the students' critical approaches
4. reflect on her/his own critical approaches in relation to her/his own professional roles
5. identify her/his own need for additional competencies in order to further her/his professional development as a teacher working in higher education

Learning activities

The working methods are developed on the basis of the aim and learning outcomes of the course , in collaboration between students and teachers. These include seminars interspersed with lectures, group work and individual presentations using various forms of media. Throughout the course, students are required to give each other feedback. The course is flexible, and web-based components can be interspersed with campus-based ones.


Assessment of the student's performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes is conducted via two individual written assignments.
1) An essay that analyses and discusses various forms of criticism and argues for a stance as a starting point for one’s role as a university teacher (learning outcomes 1, 2, 4 and 5)
2) A plan for a learning activity that aims to develop students' critical thinking, and which also includes forms of examination and assessment (learning outcomes 2 and 3)
The individual work is presented and discussed in a seminar room. Alternative forms of assessment may take place in consultation with the examiner.
The grading criteria for the course are presented by the course leader at the start of the course.
The basis for all assessments must be of such a nature that individual performance can be distinguished.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Articles and other materials may be added; max 200 pages. Other additional literature may also be added

Course evaluation

Students who participate in or have completed a course hall be given the opportunity to express their experiences of and views on the course through a course evaluation to be organised by the university. The university collates the course evaluations and provides information about their results and any actions prompted by the course evaluations.
The results shall be made available to the students. (HIGHER EDUCATION ORDINANCE 1:14).


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Centre of Academic Learning.

Further information

Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345


25 January 2021 - 06 June 2021 25% Distance (Malmö) Application code: mau-16167

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 7000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 7000 SEK

Open for late application