BARN3202 - Methodology in Childhood Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course will provide an overview of different epistemological orientations that contextualize and inform approaches in research with children and childhood. The course focuses on how to reflect critically on the relationship between the purpose of a study and the theoretical and the methodological choices that arise in a research process. With a particular emphasis on qualitative methodologies and ethnographic approaches, the course emphasizes that the ways in which children are understood as subjects of research influences the ways researchers plan and carry out research, including formulating research questions, preparing an empirical inquiry, generating data, analyzing and interpreting 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.

Learning outcome


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 on theoretical perspectives related to empirical research on children and childhood as a social phenomenon and interpretive methodologies
  • Familiarity with discussions on quality and trustworthiness in qualitative research


The student has:

  • Skills to critically reflect on the link between the purpose of a study and the theoretical and the 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

Learning methods and activities

Total lecture hours: approximately 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 1-2 seminars during the semester, and each student will be assigned to comment on another student's working paper.

Compulsory assignments

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

Required previous knowledge

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

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3200 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
BARN3002 4.0 AUTUMN 2010
BARN8200 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2022-12-16 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL228 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 10
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-05-10 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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