MBV3000 - Children and parents understood in an everyday life perspective


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 2 weeks

Course content

Many children and parents in child welfare are living in a compound and complex life situation. The course provides deepened knowledge of how an everyday life perspective on children and parents / families with compound and complex life situations can give access to a more complex and deeper understanding of the individual family's situation. For example, there may be difficult life situations with neglect, intoxication, mental illness / psychiatry, living conditions and poverty issues. The overall focus of the topic is the importance of what goes on in the everyday life and different perspectives on everyday life. It is in everyday life that people live their lives. Emphasis will be placed on how the habitual and taken for granted in everyday life can be understood as the most essential framework for our integrity, which in turn is of significant importance in the encounter with the support system. The course will also focus on different perspectives on childhood history, different theoretical perspectives on everyday life, as well as the implications of living conditions for children and parents' everyday lives. The course will also focus on how knowledge of everyday life matters, and set the premises for the help given to children and families.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - The student has: 

  • In-depth and advanced knowledge of central theories of everyday life and everyday life
  • In-depth knowledge of theories of families with complex and complex life situations in a child welfare context
  • In-depth knowledge of ontology and humanity
  • In-depth knowledge of hermeneutics such as interpretation and understanding
  • In-depth knowledge of different perspectives on the development of children and young people
  • In-depth knowledge of childhood history
  • In-depth knowledge of parenthood and class in a child welfare context
  • Deepened knowledge of complexity
  • Expanded critical- knowledge competence
  • Deepened and advanced knowledge related to vulnerable children and young people in a child welfare context
  • In-depth knowledge of key theoretical understandings relevant to child protection and child welfare work

Skills - The student can:

  • reflect on different aspects of everyday life and its meaning
  • can identify "the taken for granted"
  • can analyze complex and compound life situations in a child welfare context
  • can apply knowledge of the individual situation of children, parents and families
  • can analyze theories, methods and interpretations related to parents and children in complex life situations
  • can argue independently, objectively and systematically about topics covered in the subject
  • be able to analyze and argue independently and objectively on issues related to children and parents in a child welfare context - can reflect on the everyday life implications for help

Competence - The student can:

  • relate to, and apply everyday life knowledge critically and constructively
  • reflect on analyze and understand the individual child and parent's everyday life situations in a child protection and child welfare context
  • understand and see the connection between big and small events, tasks and activities in everyday life
  • understand the meaning of the habitual
  • understand how everyday life can take place in different ways
  • ethical awareness in relation to children and parents' everyday life situation

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures, various forms of group work, self-study and oral presentations in seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Home exam over 2 weeks. Compulsory written activity must be approved in order to take the final exam in the course.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Child Welfare Work (HSMBV)

Required previous knowledge

The course has study rights requirements, which means that the course is reserved for students who have been admitted to the study program Master's degree in Child Welfare Work at NTNU.

Course materials

To be announced on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ISA3500 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Child Welfare
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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