This course focuses on the Swedish school system in relation to the student’s experiences of some other school system. Democracy is a significant aspect when addressing the school system, in this course. Another significant part of the course is the 5 days of internship. The course involves different assignments combined with a major final assignment. The latter is based on the student’s own empirical work involving an analysis of a school phenomenon. This assignment is presented orally and as a paper. The course is given in English and consists of full time studies during period 1. The course is designed for student teachers. To get access to schools/preschools in Sweden it is required that you present a certificate from the police when you arrive at your placement. Extra costs for travel to and from the internship placement can occur
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.