MGLU3509 - Introduction to Social Studies Education Part 1 (5-10)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Folder exam and written exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 67/100 6 hours G
Portfolio 33/100

Course content

Social studies 1 part 1 provides an introduction to the social sciences as areas of knowledge and school subjects with relevance for teaching at the middle and secondary level.

Within the field of culture, community and identity, emphasis is placed on basic sociological concepts, themes and understandings, with the main emphasis on social inequality.

A basic introduction to geographical themes and understandings from the focus area 'Norway in a global world' will be given, with a particular focus on key concepts in human geography, landscape, demography and development geography.

The course draws some basic lines in world history, Sami history and history didactics.

Introduction to the school subject includes the school subject's purpose, value mandate and curriculum.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has broad knowledge of key themes, theories and processes in the fields of culture, community and identity
  • has acquired broad knowledge of geographical theories and processes within the topic of Norway in a global world.
  • has basic knowledge of world history, Sami history and history didactics
  • has broad knowledge of the school subject social studies purpose, value mandate and curriculum.


The student

  • can identify connections between the course's thematic areas and explain how they interfere with each other
  • can link basic insights from the subject of the subject to the didactic theory of the social subject in the planning and implementation of teaching
  • is able to develop and apply academic skills such as critical thinking and argumentation.


The student

  • can reflect independently and critically on social science issues based on knowledge and familiarity with different perspectives
  • has a reflective perspective on geographical knowledge, theories and contexts on the topic of Norway in a global world
  • has insights into the main lines of world history, Sami history and basic knowledge of history didactic theories.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, independent and collaborative work, with and without tutoring. Work with compulsory and other assignments individually and collaboratively. Excursions/city walks.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

The exam consists of two modules:

A written exam on campus, 6 hours. Permitted aids: current curriculum and calculator type A.

A portfolio, consisting of 1) a collection of individual book reports, and 2) an individual task. 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 modules must be passed for the student to obtain a passing grade in the course. A student who has failed in one of the modules, only needs to re-sit the module with a fail grade. If a student retakes a passed exam, the student must re-sit both the portfolio and the written exam. Complaints can be made for both individual modules of the course.

Mandatory activties: Approved assignment(s) and / or test(s) of a written and / or oral nature must be completed, as well as compulsory attendance at selected parts and an introductory session.

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MGLU1507 15.0 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Folder exam and written exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 67/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Portfolio 33/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS School exam 67/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Portfolio 33/100 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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