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Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level) (Specific entry requirements 2, exemption provided for modern languages). Or General entry requirements (Specific entry requirements A2, exemption provided for modern languages).

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Max. 165 credits may be taken into account.

This course is only open for exchange students.

Information about application for exchange students

  • AS18 week 46-50, fulltime100%, day. Only for exchange students.

Play and Existential Questions in Childhood (INT)

Course 7.5 credits

The course has a multidisciplinary, intercultural and didactic focus. Theoretical knowledge is linked to didactic considerations and to practical and artistic exercises. Perspectives, theories and skills are taken from philosophy, ethnology, history, the study of religions, education, comparative literature and art. The course also includes tools for stimulating and developing children’s existential thinking and their creative, linguistic and communicative abilities and interests.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2017

Course design

The course consists of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and hand-in assignments.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • describe and exemplify how children shape existential questions,
  • describe and exemplify the importance of play for children’s cognitive and emotional development and in their exploration of people and the world.
Competence and skills
  • discuss a range of questions about life and ethical approaches.
Judgement and approach
  • adopt an intercultural approach to ideas about children, childhood, play and existential questions,
  • display basic scholarly critical judgement.


The course is examined through written hand-in assignments, practical and artistic exercises and active participation in seminars.

No more than 20% of the seminars and exercises may be compensated for through written tasks.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

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