BARN3300 - Children and Development in the Global South


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The course provides opportunities for students to develop systematic knowledge on how young people are impacted by and respond to various development processes. It engages with the ways in which national and international development goals (Millennium Development Goals/Sustainable Development Goals) and policies (such as structural adjustment programs, international trade) translate into and influence the wellbeing of children and young people in the global south. The course also presents critical perspectives on the interplay between childhood, culture and sustainable development. Specific topics covered include an overview of development theories and childhood theories; young people and socio-cultural change; the meanings and values of children; interventions for children in difficult circumstances (e.g. street children, refugee children); child labour/children’s work; children’s rights in international development; gender and education; children, migration and social change; childhood poverty; impacts of HIV/AIDS on children; politics of orphanhood; children and emergency circumstances; youth, participation and political activism.

Learning outcome

Knowledge The student has: - In-depth knowledge on how children in diverse familial, social, economic, cultural and political contexts of the global South fare in their lives. - Advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the complex interrelationship between development processes and young people’s everyday lives. - Knowledge on diverse programs and interventions to enhance the well-being of children and young people in the global south. Skills The student has: - the skill of critically evaluating ongoing research and scholarship in the field of children and socio-economic and cultural change. General competence The student has: - A general understanding of the experiences and expectations of childhood in the global south.

Learning methods and activities

Total lecture hours: ca. 20 hours. The course begins with a series of lectures that draws on a selected reading list that constitutes a compendium. Students are required to write a term paper on a topic related to the content of the course. The term paper is not graded but it needs to be submitted and approved before students can qualify to sit for the final written examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper. Attending lectures is 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

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 equivalent.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 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: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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