BARN3300 - Children and Development in the Global South


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course provides opportunities for students to develop systematic knowledge of how young people are impacted by and respond to various development processes. It engages with how national and international development goals (Millennium Development Goals/Sustainable Development Goals) and policies (such as structural adjustment programs, and international trade) translate into and influence the well-being 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 may 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


The student has:

  • In-depth knowledge of 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 of diverse programs and interventions to enhance the well-being of children and young people in the Global South.


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 and seminar hours: approximately 30 hours.

Students are required to write a term paper on a topic related to the content of the course. The term paper needs to be approved before students are qualified for the final written examination. Students must present their own term paper and will be assigned to comment on another student's term paper.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attending lectures is compulsory (minimum 80%)
  • Approved term paper

Further on evaluation

Students who have completed compulsory activities do not have to do these again before re-sitting the exam.

Required previous knowledge

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

Students in the master’s programme in Childhood studies will be prioritised.

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 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

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 2023-12-04 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 16
SL317 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 2024-05-23 09:00 INSPERA
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.

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