MGLU1507 - Social Sciences and social Studies Education (5-10)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 33/100 ALLE
Written examination 67/100 6 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

Social studies education 1, part 1, gives an introduction to social studies education as an academic field, social studies as a school subject, and the relationship between the academic field and school subject. Social studies education part 1 is generally concentrated on the subject matter (curriculum) of grade 5-7, and in particular on developments and approaches of history of knowledge and the philosophy of science, and central periods or themes from the renaissance and the great discoveries to the first half of the 19th century. Lines are drawn to contemporary perspectives in history of knowledge and philosophy of social sciences/history.

The introduction to social studies as a school subject includes its purposes and normative mandate, and curriculum with a focus on basic skills. The subject includes an introductory course in academic writing.

Learning outcome

The candidate
- has extensive knowledge of periods and topics from the Norwegian middle ages, the renaissance, the great discoveries and the scientific revolution, to the beginning of the 1800s.
- has extensive knowledge about the development of main positions in philosophy of science until the first part of the 1800s, and has knowledge about the further development of social science.
- has broad knowledge about the purpose of the school subject social studies, the curriculum’s and basic skills’ role in social studies and additionally about concept learning.
- knows the main principles of observation as scientific method and central norms for research, and has broad knowledge about use of sources and how scientific arguments are built up.

The candidate
- can combine scholarly insights with knowledge of the school subject in assessment of the purpose for and content of the school subject, and of the relationship between social sciences and school subjects in social studies.
- can interpret the curriculum so that it presents inner context in the subject, specialized knowledge, and professional progression
- can plan and lead learning sessions focusing on concept learning at the lower secondary level.

General competency
The candidate
- can use basic methods of observation.
- can read and interpret tables, diagrams and maps, and write discussion-based papers in accordance with academic norms.
- can discuss development over time, variation in physical space, and perspectives in science and school subjects.
- can explain how the social sciences have produced knowledge about past and present.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, independent work and work in groups, with and without tutoring. Work with compulsory and other assignments individually and in groups. Excursions/city walks. Practice in school.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written group assignment
  • Participation in Social Science Course Introduction
  • Passed Individual test in Methodology
  • Participation in a Excursion in the Trondheim Area
  • Participation in Response / Guidance Group

Further on evaluation

The portfolio assessment consists of
- a collection of individual book reports
- an individual paper based on a given topic
Both parts of the portfolio must meet the minimum requirements given at the start of the semester in order for the portofolio to be graded.

Both sub-assessments must be passed for the student to obtain a passing grade in the course. If a student has failed in one of the sub-assessments (the portofolio is viewed as a sub-assessment in its entirety), only needs to retake a new assessment in the part the student has failed. If a student retakes a passed exam, the student must take a new assessment for both the portfolio and the written exam.

Premitted aids written exam:
LK-06 and calculator type A.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Course materials

The final syllabus will be published on Blackboard before the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MGLU3509 15.0 01.09.2017
More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Portfolio assessment 33/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 33/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Written examination 67/100 HJELPEMIDD 2020-12-05 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 67/100 HJELPEMIDD 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU