Child development and developmental environment (BBA101)

Using different academic perspectives, the course seeks to provide a comprehensive description of children and young people’s development and childhood environment. Emphasis will be placed on individuals’ personal and social development, as well as how different aspects of and qualities in the childhood environment and society are instrumental in how children grow into society and become a participant there.

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


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Using different academic perspectives, the course seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of how children develop from birth to adulthood, and how the environment and culture around children are instrumental in how this development takes place. Focus will be placed on how these factors affect the extent to which children and young people are included as participants in the society in which they live. Emphasis will be placed on children’s personal, emotional, cognitive and social development. Emphasis will also be placed on how different structural, societal and quality aspects of society help create different childhood environments for children and young people. Last but not least, the course will seek to provide an understanding of how interaction between children and the overall childhood environment helps shape children’s growth and development.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the candidate will have attained the following learning outcomes


  • Has broad knowledge about children’s upbringing, childhood, socialisation, learning, formation and development.
  • Has knowledge about different views on the basic nature of humans.
  • Has basic knowledge about interaction and developmentally supportive care.
  • Has knowledge about different forms of family life.
  • can update their knowledge about the relationship between health, education, socio-economic factors and living conditions, both in relation to individuals and groups in society, in order to contribute to good public health and inclusion in society.
  • Has knowledge about communication in a society characterised by diversity.
  • has knowledge about inclusion, non-discrimination and equality, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age, so that the candidate contributes to ensuring equal services for all groups in society.
  • Has knowledge about Sámi children’s right to an upbringing where their ethnic, linguistic and cultural affiliation is emphasised.
  • Has knowledge about the life situations and rights of indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities and refugees.
  • Can update their knowledge about children’s everyday digital life.
  • Has knowledge about the importance of family and networks in socio-pedagogical work.
  • Has knowledge about the philosophy of science and how knowledge is developed and understood.


  • Can apply knowledge about preventive and inclusive work in arenas where children and young people are found.

General competence

  • Has insight into their own preconceptions, attitudes and values, and the importance of these in their encounters with children and young people.
  • Can communicate relevant written and oral theories that shed light on the course’s themes.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 6 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Consequences of failing a re-scheduled examination: If the student does not pass the examination at the re-scheduled examination at the latest, the student must re-sit the examination for the course with the subsequent year group. Any examination parts and compulsory coursework that have already been passed do not need to be retaken. The student must take the examination in accordance with the relevant course description for the course, which may be new or revised. The student can decide whether they want to attend the teaching in the new examination semester.

Coursework requirements

Seminarer, Skriftlig innlevering

Both compulsory activities 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.

Seminars: Preparation for, attendance and participation in five seminars. Students who have less than 75% attendance at the seminars lose the right to take the examination, regardless of the reason.

Written submission: One written submission that is assessed as approved/not approved. This must be passed in order to take the examination. The written submission has a scope of 2000 words (+/-10%), excluding table of contents and bibliography. Referencing style: APA 7th.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Linda Elisabeth Bjørknes

Course coordinator:

Erik Paulsen

Study Program Director:

Erik Paulsen

Method of work

The forms of work in the subject will be varied. Students must expect significant self-study in addition to lectures, preparation for seminars in groups, seminars and written work requirements. Preparation for the seminars and completion of the seminars are of particular importance for learning outcomes related to skills and general competence.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto