MGLU5105 - Critical Perspectives on the role as Social Studies Teacher (1-7)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 6 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

Most of the course aims to establish a critical academic and professional self-reflexivity about being a social studies teacher related to the normative basis for the social studies, specifically connected to central school subject content 1-7 seen in a perspective of socialization with school and educational historical connection points. The course is based on sociological insights and theoretical perspectives and empirical insights on socialization and influencing children. The focus will be on key themes in beginner education such as family, gender roles and social and cultural inequality, and issues related to normality, perceptions of deviations, influence and conformity pressure will be emphasized. The course will discuss different social science traditions in different periods and spaces with different directions and different degrees of normality and conformity pressure, and will establish reflective competence in making social science and professionally sound choices with implications for social studies teaching. In the second part of the course, the student can choose specialization topics with an associated reading syllabus of approx. 400 pages. The specialization topic can be an academic and / or didactic area of ​​knowledge, and should be used as a way towards advanced knowledge in a subject area the student is to work with in the master's thesis. Available choices will be announced at the start of the semester, other choices can be approved upon application to the section's master's degree committee. The specialization syllabus must be at master's degree level and must build on knowledge content earlier in the study.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has advanced and self-reflexive knowledge of the normative basis and social function of the social sciences
  • has advanced knowledge of theory, concepts and relevant research results from professional sociology
  • has in-depth knowledge of socio-economic inequality and variation and cultural background, family forms and gender roles and advanced knowledge of theory and perceptions of normality, deviation, conformity and influence especially in contexts such as affects children and young people
  • has in-depth knowledge of the educational-historical development for and around the school subject
  • has in-depth knowledge of dilemmas concerning the socialization functions of the social sciences and the role as a communicator of social images about social normality
  • has advanced knowledge within the self-chosen syllabus part


The student

  • can analyze the current and past role and function of the social sciences in society based on social science didactic theories and concepts, sociological insights and historical lines of development
  • can assess and analyze different views on the professional ethics platform and the implications these may have for professional practice


The student

  • can practice the social studies subject in school with a sound balance between different values ​​and professional ethical considerations and between conscious influence and open democratic practice
  • can select new academic and / or didactic knowledge areas for professional specialization at a high level for use in own research or development work

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars with student presentations and discussions, exercises, independent work and work in groups. On the self-chosen syllabus, colloquium groups are organized for clusters of students who have chosen similar pre-approved special syllabi. Follow-up of these by agreement with the course coordinator. Students who receive an approved application for their own special syllabus can arrange follow-up from the subject teacher if there is capacity for this - by agreement with the course coordinator.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approval of self-chosen syllabus
  • Individual oral presentation

Further on evaluation

Compulsory work requirements:

  • Approval of self-chosen syllabus
  • Individual oral presentation

Assessed with approved/not approved.


Individual written exam (6 hours). Allowed materials during exam: curriculum from the Norwegian school.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7) - some programmes

Course materials

The final syllabus is posted on Blackboard before the start of studies.

More on the course



Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2023-12-08 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 12
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 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.

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