SNE4130 – Historical and Sociocultural Perspectives on Learning and Development

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

Areas of study include: 

  • Introduction to historical and sociocultural theory of communication, learning and Development.
  • Socio-cultural/ cultural-historic theory related to international principles about education for all, special needs education and development towards educational inclusion.
  • Practical examples of communication and mediation.

Learning outcome

The course contributes to:


  • Knowledge and understanding of learning and development in historical and socio-cultural / cultural-historic perspectives
  • Special focus on learning and development related to disabilities and other kinds of vulnerability.


  • Skills in focusing on the individual learner in her/his context.
  • Skills in taking into account the diversity of individual learners in group-, class- and local context.
  • Skills in cross-disciplinary and inter-sectoral cooperation.


  • Competence related to discover each individual child/pupil/citizen as an active learner.
  • Competence in discovering key actors for care, communication and mediation of individual learning processes related to group settings (caregivers, teachers, special needs educators, etc).


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course is compulsory for students registered on the Special Needs Education Programme.

This course is also open for international exchange students at Master's level with a relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent. 

Number of places for exchange students: approximately 15 


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Literature studies
  • Student group work, plenary presentations and plenary discussions on the basis of articles or part of the syllabus
  • Canvas

Obligatory activities

Discussion and collective analysis of selected articles or part of the syllabus.


There is a mandatory 80 % attendance requirement. You are allowed to be absent for a maximum 20 % of the lectures and seminars. 


  • Individual assignment

Previous exams

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who do not pass an exam may have a second attempt as soon as it is possible to arrange. This is called a re-sit examination. The re-sit examination is held within 3 months of the original examination.

Students who have passed their exam, but who wish to improve their grade may not participate in a re-sit examination. You may take an exam to improve your grades at the next time the course has an ordinary exam, as long as you have not already used all three attempts. The Department will provide information and guidelines about the re-sit examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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