Both in Denmark and abroad, political demands have increased in recent years regarding the scope of the teaching provided at universities as well as documentation of this teaching in terms of the number of lessons taught.
In particular, the political focus has been directed at degree programmes in the humanities and social sciences, accompanied by the requirement that the universities should provide documentary evidence of the number of lessons and research base of their degree programmes. In Denmark this is due to the fact that the government has increased the amount of per capita student funding that it provides.
This increase has been guaranteed until 2015, and the universities have been asked to carry out regular random tests to provide evidence of the effect of the increase in terms of the number of lessons taught and the number of teachers on the academic staff.
The Ministry of Higher Education and Science is also engaged in a dialogue with the universities and others with a view to developing a national system of registration for all medium- and long-term degree programmes to document the number of lessons taught and the extent to which these lessons are based on research. This system will be implemented from the autumn semester of 2014 onwards.
At Denmark’s universities in general, there is also increasing focus on strengthening the quality of our degree programmes – for instance by monitoring the level of study activity among students in general, establishing minimum requirements for the number of lessons taught each semester, introducing new forms of teaching, and improving the quality of the student guidance provided.
The Faculty of Arts wants to develop the quality of its degree programmes in particular, but not solely through the provision of full-time degree programmes involving full-time study activity (one year of full-time study corresponds to 1,640 hours or 60 ECTS credits).
Increasing the level of study activity in full-time degree programmes is expected to give the students an increased learning outcome, as well as helping to ensure more effective degree completion times and reducing the student drop-out rate. Increasing the level of study activity can also help to comply with the political demands outlined above.
Full-time degree programmes mean an increase in the number of teaching and supervision hours in some of the faculty’s degree programmes, and a general improvement of the existing forms of teaching thanks to the development of new teaching formats and teaching supported by technology.
In some degree programmes the number of teaching and supervision hours will be increased; but in general more varied teaching and preparation formats will be offered to promote full-time study activity.
The faculty has adopted the following policy with a view to increasing the level of study activity:
Minimum requirements for the number of teaching and supervision hours provided:
(See appendix 1 for further definitions according to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s upcoming registration system).
Calculating and describing study activity:
Registering the teaching and supervision provided:
Resources needed to increase level of study activity:
With a view to developing teaching and supervision formats which support student learning processes as well as possible, plans of action will be developed including a range of specific projects.