Interdisciplinary professional guidance (MSO245)

The course gives an introduction to interdisciplinary guidance and guidance pedagogy. Various key guidance elements such as roles, interprofessional communication and the guidance process are presented theoretically and in interaction with practical exercises. Guidance traditions and methods are viewed in relation to ethics, values and views of humanity. The course will help students work independently and reflectively with practical and theoretical problem solving.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

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  • Different guidance traditions and method integration
  • Pedagogical basis for guidance
  • Interprofessional communication and interaction
  • Roles and relationships in the guidance process
  • Views of humanity, ethics, values and identity in guidance
  • Guidance in a social science context

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:


  • Analyse and relate critically to basic knowledge about pedagogy, guidance theory and learning processes.
  • Have in-depth knowledge about, understand and critically reflect on how the concept of knowledge and one’s own view of humanity are expressed in professional practice, development and guidance.
  • Have in-depth knowledge about different guidance traditions, with specialisation in integrative tradition.


  • Work independently in order to plan, implement and evaluate guidance processes that are ethically and theoretically established.
  • Critically assess and apply various guidance tools.
  • Master meta-reflection regarding one’s own role and method integration.
  • Appear confident and reflective in daily communication and in particularly demanding relational encounters.
  • Use solid insight into interprofessional communication and be able to formulate professional reasoning.

General competence:

  • Have developed an awareness of their own perspective on their own professional affiliation and guidance role. Students must be able to exercise ethically sound management of guidance processes.
  • Have developed an assured guidance identity, the ability to self-reflect, field expertise, and knowledge about the socio-political context in which the guidance is part of.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder exam 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

The portfolio must contain:
• A reflection note on the given topic, 1500 words (+/- 10 %).
• A subject note on the chosen topic, 1000 words (+/- 10 %).
• Written formulation of personal learning objectives.

Students who fail the re-sit or re-scheduled course examination must take the next ordinary examination together with the subsequent year group. The compulsory activities that have already been approved do not have to be retaken. Students must take the examination in accordance with any new and revised course description, but decide themselves whether to follow teaching in the new examination semester.

Coursework requirements

attendance requirements - groups, Attendance requirements - teaching, Clarification of learning objectives

All compulsory activities (3) must be approved in order for the student to take the examination. Approval/non-approval of compulsory activities is announced on Studentweb, normally no later than 7 days before the examination. Students who lack approval of one or more compulsory activities will be withdrawn from the examination.

Compulsory attendance requirements - base group: Participation in interprofessional base groups 75 %.

Compulsory attendance requirements - teaching: 75% compulsory course attendance where this is marked with * in the teaching plan.

Clarification of learning objectives: At the start of the programme, students must clarify their individual learning objectives in a meeting with the programme’s course coordinators.

Course teacher(s)

Study Program Director:

Brita Gjerstad

Course coordinator:

Tone Haugs

Method of work

The course is mainly based on student-active methods. The programme involves varied work methods; seminars, group work, presentations, role play, teacher-supervised exercises, lectures and self-study.

Great emphasis is placed on writing as a tool for raising awareness and documenting self-development throughout the programme. Students are responsible for their own learning and co-responsible for fellow students’ learning and development.

The course is demanding with regard to self-development requirements in the guidance role.

Open for

Master’s Degree Programme in Social Studies.

Individual subject. Open to students who has completed 3-year vocational education.


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