BARN3202 - Methodology in Childhood Studies

Om emnet


Vurderingsordning: School exam
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

Vurdering Vekting Varighet Delkarakter Hjelpemidler
School exam 100/100 4 timer

Faglig innhold

The course provides insights into different epistemological orientations that contextualize and inform approaches in research with children and on childhood. The course focuses on how to reflect critically on the relationship between the purpose of a study and the theoretical and methodological choices that arise in a research process. The course has a particular emphasis on qualitative methodologies, ethnographic fieldwork, and children as research participants. The course explores the interconnection between how children are understood as subjects of research, and how researchers formulate research questions, prepare an empirical inquiry, generate data, interpret and analyse data, and produce academic texts. The course aims to develop students' reflexivity and qualify them to make informed decisions when undertaking research in childhood studies.



The student has:

  • Knowledge about different epistemological orientations and philosophies of science, as well as how they inform and interlink with child research methodology
  • In-depth knowledge of theoretical perspectives related to empirical research on children and childhood as a social phenomenon and interpretive methodologies
  • Familiarity with discussions on quality in qualitative research


The student has:

  • Skills to critically reflect on the link between the purpose of a study and the theoretical and methodological choices that arise in a research process
  • Skills to reflexively approach child research and to make informed decisions when planning a scientific inquiry

General competence

The student has:

  • Developed an understanding of the relationship between overall scientific principles, perspectives and debates, as well as on issues to consider when preparing child and childhood research
  • Developed knowledge about and experiences regarding how to write academic texts

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

Total lecture and seminar hours: approximately 30 hours.

Students are required to write a term paper on a topic related to the content of the course. The term paper needs to be approved before students are qualified for the final written examination. Students must present their own term paper and will be assigned to comment on another student's term paper.

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Obligatory attendance in lectures and seminar (80%)
  • Approved term paper
  • Oral presentation


Admittance to the course requires a bachelor's degree in the social sciences or equivalent.

Students in the master’s programme in Childhood studies will be prioritised.


Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.


Emnekode Reduksjon Fra Til
BARN3200 7.5 HØST 2010
BARN3002 4.0 HØST 2010
BARN8200 7.5 HØST 2017
Flere sider om emnet


Fakta om emnet

Versjon: 1
Studiepoeng:  7.5 SP
Studienivå: Høyere grads nivå


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  HØST 2023

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

  • Barndomsstudier
  • Samfunnsvitenskapelige fag

Ansvarlig enhet
Institutt for pedagogikk og livslang læring


Vurderingsordning: School exam

Termin Statuskode Vurdering Vekting Hjelpemidler Dato Tid Eksamens- system Rom *
Høst ORD School exam 100/100 29.11.2023 15:00 INSPERA
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 10
Vår ORD School exam 100/100 INSPERA
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
  • * Skriftlig eksamen plasseres på rom 3 dager før eksamensdato. Hvis mer enn ett rom er oppgitt, finner du ditt rom på Studentweb.

For mer info om oppmelding til og gjennomføring av eksamen, se "Innsida - Eksamen"

Mer om eksamen ved NTNU