The master course aims to introduce master students to the field of Nordic child culture research and to practice an analytic capability in relation to research designs and knowledge.

Media diversity, new migration patterns, new family and work patterns are challenging the understanding of children and childhoods. In the field of art and culture, children and adolescents encounter both differences and similarities in cultural values as well as a canonized cultural heritage. At the same time, individual and innovative cultural expressions are in demand and particularly valued as an expression of authenticity. The realities of our modern society have given rise to a diversity in childhood experiences. Childhood can no longer be seen as world within a world, but as different experienced childhood(s). This development calls for renewed knowledge and understandings of how we study the diversity of children and adolescent’s cultural participation at a master level.


Credits: 3 etc
Language: English
Course Coordinators: Professsor Jorunn Spord Borgen, Professor Pauline von Bonsdorff and Professor Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

For more information, see course plan.


Interested master students can contact the following individuals at the partner institutions:

Helle Skovbjerg – Aalborg University (

Pauline von Bonsdorff – University of Jyväskylä (

Gitte Balling – University of Copenhagen ( )

Jorunn Spord Borgen  – Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (

Elin Eriksen Ødegaard – Bergen University College (