PED3041 - Fundamental Issues in Special Education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Learning outcome

Knowledge :

- Students have knowledge of what special education is and means in light of the subject's historical development
- Students have knowledge of theories and key concepts used within the special education discipline
- Students have knowledge of the diversity of the field of special education, where one focuses both on general preventive activities, and on the initiatives aimed at supporting and helping children and young people with identified special needs
- Students have knowledge of major sections of the Education Act and other relevant policy documents that provide direction for work in the special needs area
- Students have knowledge of the help- and support system, including the knowledge of parental cooperation, as well as interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration
- Based on experiences from the practice, students have insight into what work in PPT involves


- Students can reflect on the content of the special education literature, communicate and share their reflections with others
- Students can apply theoretical knowledge to understand actitivies in the PPT
- Students are able to apply theoretical knowledge to critically select, formulate, investigate and analyze special education issues
- Students can maintain their professional development while working with fellow students for further development

General competencies:
- Students can work independently with professional issues
- Students can collaborate with others on professional issues
- Students can justify the choice on the basis of special education literature

Learning methods and activities

8 hours of teaching each week. The use of lectures and seminars will vary.

Compulsory activity: Teaching and seminars - 80 % participation. Group Practices in Pedagogical Psycological Services (PPT) with a duration of 2 weeks - 80% participation.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80% approved attendance in lectures and seminars. 80 % attendance in practice
  • 80 % attendance in practice

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.

Required previous knowledge

The same admission requirements as for the masters program in special education. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

The required course reading material is approximately 2000 pages.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPED202 30.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Special Education
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 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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