SNE4210 – Barriers to Learning, Development and Participation in Society; I

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Course content

This course is a component in the second semester of the two-year Master's programme in special needs education.

Areas of study include:

  • Language development: Possibilities and
  • Physical development: Possibilities and
  • Concealed impairments
  • Alternative communication
  • Sensory development and barriers
  • Development disability: Possibilities and

Learning outcome

The course offers knowlege about and insight into:

  • communication, language and speech learning and development, and barriers that may occur to these processes
  • physical, sensory and intellectual development and functioning, barriers that may occur, and their relation to mobility, learning, self perception, social interaction and participation
  • approaches to prevention of barriers
  • different kinds and levels of physical, sensory and sense-motor impairments, including concealed impairments
  • examples of support strategies to minimise or overcome barriers – individual meaningful adaptation, habilitation and rehabilitation

The course represents an updated introduction into the mentioned fields, and a foundation for further studies into selected fields in connection with individual field studies.


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

Number of students: 30

The course is obligatory for students at the Programme Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education. Other students who fulfil the admission requirements can also apply to this course.

Priority will be given to students formally accepted to the programme.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

- Basic English from Norwegian or equivalent Upper Secondary School (videregående), grade 4 or better (Norwegian grading system)

Foreign students in accordance to international requirements:

- TOEFL examination with a score of 550 (213 computer-based) or higher

- IELTS examination with a score of band 6 or higher


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Literature studies
  • Video cuts and other types of exemplifications
  • Individual and group miniature assignments
  • Group and plenary discussions

Reading: The reading are in total 650 pages; some of it obligatory and some of it individually selected reading.


Group presentation of assignment.

Examination will take place in the middle of every spring semester.

More detailed information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Grades: Pass/Fail

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