VLR1003 - Basic Counselling Perspectives


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

How can one understand the counselling discipline in a historical perspective - and the discipline's relevance for our society now and in the future? Counselling happens continuously, in an informal way, where human beings meet and interact with each other. In everyday life, we both give and receive help in some form. In this course, a theoretical introduction is given to helping processes of different kinds, such as mentoring, coaching and guidance. Theories about relations and communication are essential, and various counselling traditions and approaches will be presented and discussed. The students will be given the opportunity to engage in practical activities and reflect on their own experience and development in light of theoretical concepts. There will be a focus on how to facilitate other people's learning, growth and development.

Learning outcome

The student will acquire basic knowledge, skills and understanding related to the theoretical and practical perspectives of the counselling field. Moreover, the student will develop understanding of his/her own, and other people's, learning, growth and development.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. If 10 or fewer students attend the course in the first two weeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Take a look at Blackboard for detailed information about compulsory assignments. Some of the lectures might be held in English.

This course will be taught for the last time in autumn 2024.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved assignment
  • Participation in seminar

Further on evaluation

Assessment: A paper of 10-12 pages (A4, line spacing 1,5, Times New Roman 12 pt.).

Mandatory activities: Information about mandatory activities will be announced on Blackboard in the beginning of the semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Counselling
  • Social Sciences
  • Adult Education and Learning
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 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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