BARN3202 - Methodological Perspectives on Child and Childhood Research

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Vurderingsordning: Skriftlig eksamen
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

Vurderingsform Vekting Varighet Hjelpemidler Delkarakter
Skriftlig eksamen 100/100 4 timer

Faglig innhold

The course will provide an overview of different scientific paradigms and perspectives, focus specifically on ethnographic approaches and discuss how a focus on children as subjects in research influences the various steps in a research process, such as formulating a research question, preparing an empirical inquiry, obtaining access to the field, ethics, collecting data, analysis and interpretation of data, and drawing up a research text. This approach and content aim to develop students' reflexivity and qualify them to make informed decisions when planning an inquiry.


The course aims to present theory that informs different methods and techniques in child and childhood research and develop students' ability to reflect critically on the relationship between the purpose of a study and the theoretical and the methodological choices that arise throughout a research process. The course also aims to offer students the possibility to write brief academic texts.

By the end of the course participants will have gained an understanding of:
* Theory of science: knowledge about different research paradigms, and theoretical perspectives related to empirical research on children and childhood as a social phenomenon and interpretive methodologies.
* Reflexivity: through empirical examples, student activities and discussions, to reflect upon the relationship between overall scientific principles, perspectives and debates, as well as on issues to consider when preparing a research plan.
* Academic writing: knowledge about expectations regarding an academic text through lectures, individual writing and group discussions.

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

Total lecture hours: ca. 20 hours, total seminar hours: up to 12 hours, with presentation and discussion of individual students' working papers. The time allocated for seminars will be organized in 3-4 seminars during the semester, and each student will be required to comment on another student's working paper.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Approved working paper and oral presentation. Attending lectures and seminar is compulsory (minimum 80%).

Spesielle vilkår

Vurderingsmelding krever godkjent undervisningsmelding samme semester. Obligatorisk aktivitet fra tidligere semester kan godkjennes av instituttet.


Admittance to the course requires a bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent.


Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.


Emnekode Reduksjon Fra Til
BARN3002 4.0 01.09.2010
BARN3200 7.5 01.09.2010
BARN8200 7.5 01.09.2017


Vurderingsordning: Skriftlig eksamen

Termin Statuskode Vurderingsform Vekting Hjelpemidler Dato Tid Rom *
Høst ORD Skriftlig eksamen 100/100 12.12.2017 09:00
Vår ORD Skriftlig eksamen 100/100
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