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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The child as a subject and as a part of the family
The environment for growing up from a social and historical point of view

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- discuss different historical and societal aspects of childhood and the environment of a child growing up.
- describe different ways to look at the child in different contexts.
- give examples of cooperation between the family and other social parties.

Course contents

Social education/preschool education

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Learning and Introduction to Social Education
The Connections between the Human Being and the Environment
Life span psychology
The Welfare of the Human Being and Finnish Society

Additional information

Written rapport and tutorials are compulsory.

Recommended or required reading

Bäck-Viklund, M. & Lundström, T. 2001. Barns vardag. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.
FN:s konvention om barnets rättigheter. 20.11.1989.
Hundeide, K.2006. Sociokulturella ramar för barns utveckling – barns livsvärldar. Lund:Studentlitteratur
Kaskela, M. & Kekkonen, M. 2007. Kasvatuskumppanuus kannattelee lasta – opas varhaiskasvatuksen kehittämiseen. Helsinki: sosiaali- ja terveysalan tutkimus- ja kehittämiskeskus. Oppaita 63.
Lunneblad, J. 2009. Den mångkulturella förskolan. Motsägelser och möjligheter. Lund: Studentlitteratur. S. 9-70, 93-130
Markström, A-M. 2007. Att förstå förskolan - vardagslivets institutionella ansikten. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Stakes. 2005. Grunderna för planen för småbarnsfostran. Stakes. Andra upplagan. Kan hämtas elektroniskt på adressen
http://www.thl.fi/thl-client/pdfs/2e130087-8320-4be7-b07d-218aa17e6873 External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Small-group work - 33 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Written rapport,tutorials and working in groups are compulsory. See ARBS för timetabel för the tutorials and workmeetings.

Evaluation based on:
Individual written rapport
Group product and presentation


  • Brantberg Bettina
  • Cederberg Arla
  • Kiukas Carina
  • Nordlund-Spiby Rut
  • Silius-Ahonen Ellinor
  • Wickholm Linda


Kiukas Carina

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Meddelas senare

Assessment methods

  • 2014-02-21 - Exams
  • 2014-02-14 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2014-02-21 - Reports and productions

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