DID3703 - Inquiry-based Learning and Critical Thinking


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course is practically aimed at alternative learning arenas, citical invesigation of digital sources, and field trips and field work within the social sciences. The focus is on developing tools for exploratory teaching, critical awareness and in-depth learning about the past and the present. Active citizenship through student-activating and explorative approaches in a multidisciplinary perspective is emphasized. The focus will be on learning strategies within and outside the classroom, awareness of digital competencies and skills related to the study of social science phenomena. The course aims to develop competence on how societal knowledge is developed, and awareness of how different representations influences the view of society.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has in-depth knowledge of subject didactic issues related to local and alternative learning spaces for the social sciences
  • has research-based and theoretical knowledge of the use of field trips and fieldwork as alternative learning arenas
  • has in-depth knowledge and experience of using digital media in global networks.
  • has advanced knowledge of critical investigation of digital sources within social sciences.
  • has advanced knowledge of in-depth learning, different explorative methods and studies in and outside the classroom


The candidate

  • can assess professionally the didactical potential of digital media in learning and teaching
  • can apply, discuss and evaluate explorative teaching, especially related to field trips, fieldwork and alternative learning spaces in social studies
  • are able to discuss and apply subject didactic perspectives and critical thinking to various sources in social studies
  • are able to discuss and reflect on various aspects of digital learning tools - can use and apply relevant learning arenas in multidisciplinary approaches


The candidate

  • are able to evaluate and analyze empirical knowledge and practically apply theoretical insight
  • are able to apply critical thinking and critical investigation of digital sources within and outside the classroom

Learning methods and activities

Field trips to local museums, institutions or other learning arenas in Trondheim and surrounding areas, digital platforms, group work, lectures.

Obligatory work

Oral presentation, work with digital tools and participation in a project assignment. Attendance is required to carry out compulsory assignments

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation, digital tools, project work

Further on evaluation

Written individual assignment: Letter grade A-F.

Course materials

Books and articles in English and Norwegian / Scandinavian languages.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
EDU3084 4.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Pedagogical knowledge
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 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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