Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is- to educate a mentor for an immigrant child between the age 8 and 12. The mentor and child get together for 3 hours once a week, over the period from October –May, 8 months.

- that students will deepen their knowledge of multicultural and ethnic diversity within Finnish society.

- students will gain an insight into a child’s life (and family) and increased understanding and knowledge for people that have a completely different life to their own.

- the student-mentor will be an adult role model to the child, will help the child to integrate into Finnish society, to increase the child’s self confidence and language skills, motivating the child to get involved in higher education studies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to.achieve “mutual benefit” based on the child and mentor experiences which will provide deeper understanding of different cultures
- motivate the child to perform better in and out of school
- have insights in the world of a primary school child
- become more tolerant and understanding of the child’s social and cultural backgrounds, developing great intercultural communication skills.
- take over responsibility for a child for limited period promotes organizational skills.
- have experience with projects that supports innovative thinking and ways to integrate immigrants in Finland.

Course contents

- Child development
- Vulnerability
- Selfconfidence
- Creative activity
- Family dynamic
- Immigration

Additional information

4 education occassions
monthly reports
mandatory supervising
group supervising

Recommended or required reading

- literature about the child’s culture
- A song for the heart – Carina Sild Lönroth (A book about The Nightingale in Malmö)
- A relational- identity-based model of a practical preventive intercultural work. Article from Slovenia (in English)
- Cullberg Weston, Marta (2005). Ditt inre centrum: om självkänsla, självbild och konturerna av dig själv. Stockholm: Natur och kultur
- Gustafsson, Lars. H. (2004). Se barnet, se dig själv- om sårbarhet och styrka hos barn och ungdomar. Stockholm: Norstedts förlag.
- Hellström, Leif (2006). Redovisning av resultat från enkätundersökningen Studiestart ht 2005. Malmö högskola, 06/02/06.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 12 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 20 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 34 hours
  • Practical training - 160 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 266 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 266 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio
  • meeting with an immigrant child once a week in 8 months

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the following
4 lessons about mentoring
Beginning and ending party
every month report about the meetings and a written report in the end


Sundell Solveig


Sundell Solveig

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

11.9. 2013 16.15-17.45 klass C350 genomgång av målsättning och utgångspunkter presentation
19.9.2013 16.15-17.45 klass C350 nightingale mentorskap vad innebär det
25.9.2013 16.15-17.45 klass C350 invandrarfamiljers/barns/mentorers utmaningar
13.3.2014 16.15-17.45 klass C350 Föreläsning om avslutning

Begynnelsefesten Lördag 28.9 14.00 på Merirastila skolan
Avslutnings fest Lördagen 24.5.14 Sveborg

Följande tider reserveras för grupphandledningar:
17.10 16.15-17.45 C350
14.11 16.15-17.45 C350

Assessment methods

  • 2014-05-21 - Reports and productions
  • 2013-05-21 - Other assignments

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