Aesthetics and Special Needs – Nordic Childhoods (BLH3310, BLH3320)

Bachelor's course
For exchange students

In this course, you will learn to enhance your knowledge of the relationship between aesthetic expressions and children and young people with special needs. You will also work practically with targeting various kinds of special needs when working on different kinds of aesthetic expressions.

  • Admission requirements

    This course is designed for all students with an interest in children with special needs and/or aesthetic expressions and work and who studies in fields relevant to the course.

    You must have completed at least one year of your undergraduate degree studies at your home institution.

    Bring a valid police clearance form to Oslo in order to visit schools and kindergartens.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    The application deadline is 1 October.

  • Content

    Aesthetics are important for everybody, also children and young people with special needs. Through literature, storytelling, music and dance we perceive and understand the world and ourselves. Through aesthetics we perform and collaborate with others. Because some children and young people lack verbal language, have problems with emotions, communication and interaction or find it hard to take others perspectives, aesthetic communication becomes extra important.

    This course has the following topics:

    • special education
    • inclusion
    • children and young people with special needs
    • aesthetics
    • ethics
    • physical and psychological health
    • play, development, identity and relations
    • genres, multimodal texts and digital platforms
    • verbal language, aesthetic perceptions and expressions
    • music, drama, puppet play, storytelling and other performances and aesthetic acts
    • aesthetic communication
    • cultural sharing
    • the sensing body / the body and its surroundings
  • Teaching methods

    There will be a wide variety of working methods:

    • lectures
    • seminars
    • excursions
    • individual and group papers/performances
    • digital blog
    • dramatisation
    • stop animation
    • visits and practice in school, kindergarten and other institutions

    The 20 ECTS option lasts from mid January to mid April.

    The 30 ECTS option lasts from mid January to mid May.

  • Course description

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students.

Questions about this course?

You can contact us by e-mail if you have questions about this course.

Student story

Students hiking in the Norwegian woods
Nature as your classroom

As an exchange student at the Department of Early Childhood Education, you will experience first-hand what makes the Norwegian approach to kindergarten unique.