BARN8201 - Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Course content

The course focuses on participatory methods, techniques and ethics, and how it is linked to other research methodologies. It takes its points of departure on the idea that children are knowledgeable human beings 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 PhD research projects. They learn about how they can engage children in all stages of the research process. The course also enables students to gain knowledge in institutional ethical demands and how to develop reflexive thinking in ethics and knowledge production with children.

Learning outcome


  • Students have developed in-depth knowledge on a range of participatory, child-focused methods.


  • Students have acquired advanced skills on how to design and carry out independent research with children in diverse settings and contexts.


  • Students have developed competence in ethical requirements and how to navigate new ethical dilemmas in research with children.
  • Students have learnt how to critically assess current scholarships on the social, moral, ethical and practical challenges of undertaking scientific research with children and young people.

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of: (1) lectures; (2) participatory training week; (3) oral presentation. Students are required to identify up to 300 pages of independent reading which they need to use in the paper that they will write for oral presentation.

Compulsory assignments

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

Further on evaluation

Paper, and oral presentation. Pass/fail.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree in a social science or equivalent.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3201 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Childhood Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


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