HVUT8028 - Mental Health of Children and Adolescents


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 5 days

Course content

This course provides knowledge about mental health in children and adolescents, and important prerequisites for further developing and improving children's and youth's ability to master life crises and psychosocial stresses. It provides an overview of common ailments and disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. The teaching addresses different frameworks for understanding psychosocial ailments and disorders in children and young people as cognitive, trauma-proven care and social science approaches. Psychosocial problems are not just private experiences, as they are part of social and cultural contexts. The socio-cultural context will affect both what we as a society put into concepts such as psychosocial health and how society reacts to and handles these phenomena.

Learning outcome


  • has in-depth knowledge of social science perspectives on childhood, adolescence and their conditions of upbringing, development history and identity formation
  • has advanced knowledge of children and adolescents' mental health and can analyze conditions that promote good mental health and what risk and protection factors exist for the development of psychosocial problems
  • can apply knowledge about living conditions among children and young people and social marginalization processes, poverty and social inequality when it comes to health
  • has in-depth knowledge of children living in families with neglect, abuse, assault and trauma


  • can analyze and apply relevant perspectives on children and adolescents' everyday life and upbringing conditions
  • can analyze and apply relations- and communication skills in collaboration with children and young people about different areas of life
  • can conduct conversations with children and young people that promote good psychosocial health in different areas of life
  • can implement preventive measures for children living in insecure families

General competence:

  • can analyze factors that affect the psychosocial health of children and families
  • can contribute to the development and implementation of measures and projects of an interdisciplinary nature, in collaboration with users who can improve the psychosocial functioning of children, young people and families

Learning methods and activities

Lecture, group work and self studies.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment
  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Work requirements must be approved to pass the exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Psychosocial Work with Children and Youth (HSVPABU)

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) within a relevant subject area. Direct work with children and young people in at least half position.

Course materials

The curriculum is published in Blackboard at the start of the course

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  20.0 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 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.

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