Play, Movement, Nature and Outdoor Education – Nordic Childhoods (BLH3340)

Bachelor's course
For exchange students

The Nordic countries have a long tradition for outdoor education. This course focuses on play, movement, and outdoor education in natural environments.

  • Admission requirements

    This course is designed to offer a full-time study programme for students at Early Childhood at Social Education and Teachers Education.

    To apply for this course you must have completed at least two years of your undergraduate degree at your home institution. Interested students from other related academic areas are also welcome to apply.

    You must be prepared to participate in various outdoor activities.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    The application deadline for the autumn semester is 15 April.

    The application deadline for the spring semester is 1 October.

  • Content

    The course will treat the topics both theoretically and practically. Central in the course is self-experiences from acting, moving and living in nature. You will go on several field trips and hiking tours.

    The course content is based on the two disciplines Natural Science and Physical Education. We focus on play, learning by doing, experience and experiential knowledge.

    This course aims to give you:

    • insight in childhood in a Nordic perspective and the Nordic welfare model
    • experiences and competency in learning through working with play, movement, nature and outdoor education
    • experiences and competency in organising didactic courses and activities for children
    • knowledge about and experiences in the intercultural and dialogic classroom.
  • Teaching methods

    Different study methods will be used, such as:

    • lecturers
    • dialogue in the classroom
    • activities
    • hands on training
    • experiential knowledge
    • reflective practice
    • self-directed work in groups
    • individual work
    • text reading
    • field study
    • paper-writing
    • presentations
  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description:

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students. However, you may have to pay some costs related to field trips.

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.