BARN3201 - Participatory Methods and Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course focuses on participatory methods, techniques and ethics, and how they are linked to other research methodologies. It takes its points of departure on the idea that children are knowledgeable human beings who create and use meanings and are subjects of human rights. It follows that they have the right to be properly researched, enabled to share their knowledge, views and experiences through methods that are both scientific and ethical. The course is practical and experiential. Students will practice how to design and use a variety of participatory research methods that should be useful for data collection in their own MA research projects. They learn how they can engage children in all stages of the research process. The course also enables students to gain knowledge on institutional ethical demands and how to develop reflexive thinking in ethics and knowledge production with children.

Learning outcome

The student has:
- in-depth knowledge on a range of participatory, child-focused methods.
- advanced skills on how to design and carry out independent research with children in diverse settings and contexts.
- competence in ethical requirements and how to navigate new ethical dilemmas in research with children.
- learnt how to critically assess current scholarships on the social, moral, ethical and practical challenges of undertaking scientific research with children and young people.

Learning methods and activities

The course begins with an introductory lecture on perspectives and principles related to participatory research with children and young people. This is accompanied by a week-long training workshop that involves hands-on experience on engaging children and young people in different stages of the research process. The training workshop draws on a manual for participatory approaches and gives students the opportunity to develop a repertoire of methods and ethical strategy by means of concrete examples, as well as plenary and group discussions. Additional lectures will be given by lecturers undertaking empirical studies with children in different parts of the world in order to exemplify the diversity and complexity of child-focused methods and ethics.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory attendance in all the training workshop days. Attending lectures is also compulsory (minimum 80%).

Further on evaluation

Students will write home take examination based on a question given in advance, where they will apply the reading list and knowledge they acquired from the course.
Students who have completed compulsory activities do not have to do these again before re-sitting the exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor’s degree in a social science or equivalent.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3200 7.5 01.09.2010
BARN3002 4.0 01.09.2010
BARN8201 10.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Childhood Studies
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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