Childhood studies

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Childhood studies

Childhood Studies (Master's Programme)


  • MasterFull time, 2 years
  • Location Trondheim
  • Requirements See Admission
  • Max. places See Admission
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Apply before1. mars *(varies, see admissions)
MPCHILD, Thu Oct 06 05:11:53 CEST 2022 | M2

In childhood studies, you will learn about children's everyday lives and the dynamic relationships between economic, social, cultural, institutional, and political contexts related to children and childhood.

Are you interested in children’s everyday lives and childhood as a social and cultural phenomenon? Would you like to know about children’s perspectives, experiences, and rights in diverse contexts? What about changing conditions of childhood in the context of development and globalization? If so, the international master’s program in Childhood Studies is suitable for you.

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The master's programme in childhood studies is relevant for building a career, both in research and related to children and childhood in different public sectors. This may include policy and planning for children's living conditions in ministries, institutions and NGO's, both locally and internationally.

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You will attend regular lectures, seminars, and training workshops that support your learning. Emphasis is given to student-driven learning involving collaboration, reflection, experience sharing, and project-related tasks.

Child research at the department has a strong international orientation, hosting national and international guest researchers. The students in this programme will benefit from being a part of a strong international research milieu.

New students will be invited to participate in an introductory programme at the beginning of the semester.

IVRig is the student union for the students in our department. IVRig arranges various activities and likes to include students of all ages and interests.

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The study programme is structured around a combination of core courses and elective courses, which provide a general introduction to theory and methodology, as well as giving students the opportunity to specialize in particular topics. In addition, the programme includes a master's thesis.

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Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in the social sciences. 

The master's programme is interdisciplinary and accepts Norwegian and Nordic students, in addition to self-financed international students.

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If you have questions about the study programme contact our student advisor.

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