PED1023 - Body, Mind and Culture: Basic Approaches to Education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100

Course content

Professionalized knowledge has become an increasingly important theme in modern education. School teachers and other educators of the like are thus supposed to be informed and well aware of intentions and results of their specific efforts. This symbolic approach mostly accompanies a parallel and often shadowed dimension of practical knowledge and practical mastery in educational enterprises. Social inheritance of both educators and educated, bodily experiences and capacities, as well as bodily mediated processes of learning has in that regard been offered the lesser attention. This outline thus points to tensions between conscious, pre-conscious and unconscious dimensions of education. Also having in mind, that educators are themselves educated over the whole life span, the course explores these questions at hand from a broad scope of theories and research: the concept of civilization, the body-mind dualism, body language, body and gender, body and sports, social class, critical theories of education and the ways social interactions are mediated bodily and expressed in rituals as well. By these approaches it becomes possible to investigate the most important and by same token quite unnoticed cultural practices in everyday life in families, institutions and in leisure life.

Learning outcome

The course renders skills and general competence on formulating and discussing topics within educational sociology. The course renders knowledge about and theoretical perspectives on:

  • The relationships between bodily and mental dimensions of culture and education.
  • The tensions between conscious, pre-conscious and unconscious dimensions of education.
  • The relationships between pedagogical interactions and contextual conditions.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities: 2 hours of lessons per week, 1 hour seminar per week. Teaching and seminars may be concentrated in specific periods during the term. The lessons can be organized as a combination of lectures and text reading seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Contribution in one of two online seminars
  • Comments on fellow students online essay

Further on evaluation

Exam: Written assignment. The assignment is limited to the extent of maximum 10 pages (Times New Roman 12 pt., line spacing 1.5). Responsible course coordinator determines whether the subject of the assignment is optional. Arrangements are made for an ongoing interaction between lectures, seminars and the student's development of the project topic. Topic, research question and theory must be approved by the responsible course coordinator on beforehand. Detailed information on the compulsory activities and deadlines will be given at the beginning of the course.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The reading list for the course counts to 500 pages.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PED1021 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Social Sciences


Examination arrangement: Approved report

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





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Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
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  • * 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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