BARN3201 - Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course focuses on research tools, techniques and ethics, rather than methodology. It takes its points of departure on the idea that children are social actors with agency, 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 MPhil research projects.

Learning outcome

* To familiarize students with a range of participatory, child-focused methods and ethics.
* To enable students design and carry out independent research with children and young people in diverse settings and contexts.
* To provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate current scholarships on the social, moral, ethical and practical challenges of undertaking research with children and young people.

Learning methods and activities

The course begins with an introductory lecture on perspectives and principles related to scientific and ethical 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 child-focused, participatory approaches and gives students the opportunity to develop a repertoire of methods and ethical strategy by means of concrete examples, plenary and group discussions as well as summative lectures. Additional lectures will be given by lecturers undertaking empirical studies with children in different parts of the world.

Students will have to write a term paper that is related to their master's thesis, carefully applying the reading list and knowledge they acquired from the course.

Compulsory assignments

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

Further on evaluation

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

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
BARN3002 4.0 2010-09-01
BARN3200 7.5 2010-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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