Intercultural practices (MSO290)

International migration and the welfare gap, contributes to new challenges and demands for citizens and social and welfare workers more specifically. A transnational framework captures the cultural diversity in a globalized world. This course emphasizes cultural diversity within welfare systems and intercultural practices within different areas as family relations with multiple societies across borders, global and regional discourses of children and childhoods, and frontline discretion in contextualized inclusion and activation work. The course will emphasize how these different practices are socially, culturally, and historically constructed. The course will aim at strengthen UN Sustainability goals and especially number 5: Gender Equality, 10: Reduced inequalities and 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions."

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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This course seeks to improve the students' understanding of intercultural practices and policies in diverse cultures and contexts and reflect upon how to act with respect that creates dignity. The course will focus on the following three main areas: 1) Cultural diversity, 2) children and childhood and 3) activation in frontline work. The aim of the course is to enable participants to reflect critically and theoretically informed upon intercultural practices in diverse contexts. 

Learning outcome


  • Have knowledge on intercultural practices in diverse contexts
  • Have knowledge on different welfare areas  
  • Have an understanding of cultural diversity and transnationalism
  • Have knowledge on and understanding of theorizing practices


  • To identify and analyse complexities within cultural diversity
  • To identify differences and similarities across welfare areas
  • To participate in dialogues across transnational contexts
  • Develop communication skills through the international classroom experience  


  • To participate in dialogue with various welfare actors to improve awareness and respect for diversity
  • Development of reflective processes on how personal beliefs, values and knowledge influences welfare practices
  • To develop critical reflections on own learning processes
  • Academic writing

Required prerequisite knowledge

Completed a bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 1 Weeks Letter grades All

The exam is a semester exam, which consist of three tasks, which will be handed out in the beginning of the semester. Total word count: 4 500 words (+/- 10 %) excluding table of contents, notes, references and bibliography. Reference style: APA 7th. Resit and deferred examinations: Students who do not get a pass mark after resit and deferred examination must re-take the course with the next cohort.

Coursework requirements

Mandatory registrered presence
Presence is mandatory (MP) in parts of the course programme (i.e. field visits, seminars and other marked with MP in the lecture plan). Mandatory requirements: 75% presence. If students do not fulfill the MP requirement, students will have to pass an assignment given by the course coordinators in order to take the course exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Aleksandar Bozic

Study Program Director:

Brita Gjerstad

Method of work

Lectures, seminars, group work and individual work adapted to different modes of study. All students are expected to read the syllabus and participate in group discussions and thereby develop analytical reflections in a productive environment with fellow students. The students will also go on field visits to different social service institutions

Open for

All students. Open to students at the University of Stavanger, international students and external candidates. 

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto