Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2 at the Faculty of Science (PIL102) | The PIL Unit

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2 at the Faculty of Science (PIL102)

(Behörighetsgivande högskolepedagogik 2 vid Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten)

This is an online course, held in English.

Course leader: John Cunningham
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Co-teacher: Anne Farewell
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Scope: The course comprises the equivalent of 3.5 weeks of full-time studies.

Syllabus PIL102 (pdf)

Reading list: The current reading list will be available on the web page Litteraturlistor för PIL-enhetens kurser / Reading lists for the PIL unit's courses no later than eight weeks before the course starts.

Admission principle: Staff at the Faculty of Science are given priority in the selection procedure.

Before you apply, you need to have your participation approved by your head of department.

Course of studies

We recommend you to take PIL101 before PIL102. To get admittance to PIL103, you must have passed both PIL101 (or HPE101) and PIL102 (or HPE102), or have qualifications assessed as equal by a faculty at the University of Gothenburg.

Autumn 2024

Start date: Wednesday 25 September

Course schedule


In this course we will explore how to approach your teaching with a scientific eye and help you design courses that effectively teach your students how to think like a scientist while becoming more interested and motivated about your topic. You will use backward design to plan a course and get a toolbox of good examples of active teaching and assessment methods. This course will be taught in English.


You must be an employee or doctoral candidate at University of Gothenburg and have a Degree of Bachelor or equivalent. 

Please note: This course is only offered to staff, to doctoral students and to applicants for docentship at the University of Gothenburg.

About course certificates

PIL102 is a certification course. All course meetings and assignments are mandatory and require attendance. In some cases, it will be possible to submit a supplementary assignment that corresponds to the meeting or assignment missed. To be approved for a certificate, you must also achieve the learning objectives in the course syllabus.

PIL102 was introduced on January 1, 2021 as a replacement for the credit course HPE102, which was then phased out. The content and basic structure of PIL102 are the same as for HPE102, and the course gives the same eligibility.

Information for doctoral students

Have you taken PIL102 as a compulsory course in your doctoral studies? When you have received your certificate of a completed and approved course, you should hand the certificate to the person who is the administrator (or equivalent) for your doctoral studies. That person registers the course as approved in Ladok for doctoral studies.

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Fee for not using an allocated place

An allocated place on any of our courses is offered for free, on condition that it is used. Read more about the fee for not using an allocated place