ISA8002 - Perspectives on collaboration with children


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 A

Course content

The course is a collaboration between NTNU and University of Stavanger, and will problematize and discuss the inclusion and recognition of children as partners in childhood and welfare institutions based on various social pedagogical perspectives, including dialogism and critical pedagogy. The inclusion of children as partners is enshrined in both social policy and legal guidelines for upbringing and welfare services.

The course will draw on recent research on collaboration between children and professionals. The purpose of the thematic area is to discuss challenges related to cooperation with children within different institutional frameworks.

The course will safeguard NTNU's commitment to sustainable development and relate to section 10.2 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (promoting inclusion regardless of age, gender and disability), section 16.6 (effective, responsible and open institutions) and section 16.7 (responsiveness, inclusive, participant-based and representative decision-making processes at all levels).

Learning outcome

Knowledge - The candidate

  • has advanced knowledge of different social pedagogical perspectives and research related to social pedagogical practicehas
  • has in-depth knowledge of research related to collaboration with children within different contextual frameworks
  • has advanced knowledge of various challenges related to collaboration with children
  • has knowledge of the EU's strategy documents and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Skills - The candidate

  • can identify ethical challenges related to collaboration with children within different institutional frameworks
  • can analyze and think critically about collaborative relationships with children
  • can problematize and discuss different social pedagogical perspectives in relation to cooperation with children
  • is able to formulate a problem related to the course topic, shed light on the problem based on the syllabus literature, as well as analyze and discuss the topic of the problem

General competence - The candidate

  • is capable of identifying, analysing and discussing relevant challenges related to professionals' collaboration with children within different institutional frameworks
  • can think innovatively in relation to collaboration with children within different institutional frameworks

Learning methods and activities

Teaching takes place over 3 days with lectures, discussions, student-active learning methods, self-study and written work.

The course can be taught in Norwegian or English.

The course can be cancelled or changed if there are fewer than 5 enrollees and/or the Department of Social Work/Research School does not have teaching capacity.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation, presentation of paper and paperdiscussion

Further on evaluation

Required participation at least 80% with approved paper gives 5 credits

Work on individual paper: The paper will deal with a chosen topic based on the literature related to the course.

Individual assignment in the form of a written paper of 4000-5000 words, based on approved abstract

Required previous knowledge

Master's degree or equivalent.

Course materials

The curriculum is 600 pages of which 200 are self-chosen

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Work
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 A 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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