This course focuses on the concepts of culture and identity from a Nordic perspective and how it manifests in schools and kindergartens in the present-day globalized world.
This course is designed for students from early childhood/preschool and primary school teacher education institutions, but students from other relevant academic areas may also be accepted.
- have completed at least one year of your undergraduate degree studies at your home institution, and
- 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.
We will investigate and discuss the complex matter of Culture and Identity and have a special focus on early childhood and education in Norway.
We live in a global world and have become internationally conscious to a degree that was unthinkable in previous generations. This globalisation affects everybody, including children in kindergartens and schools. Many children are also brought up in a country different from their parents’ home-country.
The course treats the concepts of Culture and Identity from a theoretical perspective, as well as from a practical point of view. The cultural background of the participants will be a vital resource in our discussions. The setting of Oslo, as an increasingly multicultural city, will also be an arena for contextualisation.
- Cultural Identity and Cultural Awareness
- Childhood and Identity Construction
- Intercultural Communication, theory and practical experience
- Culture and World-View
- Culture and Religion
- Culture and Ethics
- Human Rights and Childhood
- Cultural Identity and Racism
- Traditions, Festivals, and Rituals
- Processes of Globalisation
- Global Consciousness
- Cross-Cultural Competence
- Social Commitment in a Globalised World
You will visit kindergartens and schools for twelve days (30 ECTS) and six days (20 ECTS). In order to do this, you must hand in a valid police clearance from your home country at the beginning of the course.
Examples of excursions:
- 22 July Centre
- the International Museum of Children’s Art
- the Sami exhibition at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
- various places of worship such as a Christian church and a Muslim mosque
There is no semester fee for exchange students.
Exam and assessment
The final course diploma will be based on:
- active participation in class, including individual presentation of one's own culture
- a minor paper on a subject treated in the course
- fieldwork paper, with following presentation in class
- Addition for the 30 ECTS option: final oral exam, based on the fieldwork and the course literature
Questions about this course?
You can contact us by e-mail if you have questions about this course.