BARN8008 - Contemporary Topics in Childhood Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Paper
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Paper 100/100

Course content

This course involves critical engagement with selected research topics, debates, theories and/or methods in interdisciplinary childhood studies. The themes for the lectures, guided readings and seminars will be described and defined collaboratively with doctoral students every time the course runs. Participants will evaluate contemporary research and scholarship on the topics identified and write a paper that reflects the course objective, making links to their Ph.D. research project.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course the student has achieved the following learning outcomes:


The candidate has advanced knowledge and is in the forefront of contemporary debates regarding selected themes in childhood studies


The candidate can formulate relevant research questions and appraise complex academic debates in relation to selected themes for the course.

General competence:

The candidate can carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity and use an independent and critical approach to own and others research

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, guided readings, and seminars. The course is offered when teaching resources are available and can be changed or cancelled if less than 5 PhD candidates are registered. Maximum: 15 PhD candidates

The course runs every spring and autumn depending on need.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attending lectures is compulsory

Further on evaluation


Individual paper (10-12 pages) within the remit of the course content and related to the course literature.


Compulsory activities

Participation in class and course activities. 

An identical version of the exam paper cannot be used directly in the PhD thesis as an article or a chapter. A revised version of the exam paper may be included in the thesis.

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in social sciences, educational sciences, humanities or equivalent.

PhD students are prioritized for admission.

Maximum: 15 PhD candidates.

The number of places is limited and the first-com principle applies

A minimum of 5 registered PhD candidates is required for the course to be held.

Course materials

Compendium ca 600 pages

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Childhood Studies
  • Inter-disciplinary child research
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: Paper

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Paper 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Paper 100/100 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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