BARN3101 - Social Studies of Children and Childhood


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Framed by social studies of children and childhood, the course addresses theoretical perspectives on child and childhood research as these have unfolded both historically and still today in contemporary societies. This includes, among others, the adoption of a developmental approach, as well as viewing childhood as socially constructed. The course addresses issues at a structural level, that have implications for children's everyday lives and childhood, as well as children's active contribution and agency in defining and giving meaning to their lives, activities and relations. Central issues to explore in this course are images and understandings of children and childhood, generational relations, culture, gender, identity, ethnicity, children's lived experiences in relation to peer activities and adult organization, and their expectations in and outside educational institutions. The course also addresses childhood as a social phenomenon and shows how children are both shaped by and themselves shape their childhood experiences within diverse societal and daily life conditions, practices, power and generational relations.

Learning outcome

This course aims to introduce students to theoretical perspectives, concepts and ongoing debates in social studies of children and childhood, as well as to how children's everyday lives and welfare and the politics of childhood vary across time and space.

By the end of the course participants will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
* The interdisciplinary social studies of children and childhood, the historical background, concepts and contemporary perspectives, and debates on and critique of the approach.
* Childhood as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon, children's everyday lives and well-being related to cultural and societal circumstances as well as politics of childhood in changing societies.

Learning methods and activities

Total lecture hours: ca. 20 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attending lectures is compulsory (minimum 80%)

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester, or that compulsory activities are approved in a previous semester.

Required previous knowledge

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

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3001 7.5 2006-08-01
BARN3100 7.5 2006-08-01



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Written examination 100/100 2015-12-03 09:00 D9
Spring Written examination 100/100 2016-05-27 09:00 D12
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.