SNE4310 – Counselling and Innovation

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

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

The course runs together with SNE3310 – Counselling and innovation

Areas of study include:

  • Counselling approaches
  • Facilitation of support groups
  • Innovation in education

Learning outcome

The course contributes to:


  • Knowledge and understanding of the professional role of an adviser/counsellor within the field of special needs education
  • Knowledge about theory and practice of innovation


  • Skills in counselling
  • Skills in school innovation towards inclusion


  • Competence in school innovation
  • Competence as group facilitator of caregivers


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.

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 programme students: approximately 20

Number of places for exchange students: approximately 15 


Formal prerequisite knowledge

For students registered on the full master's programme the following courses must have been completed:


  • Lectures
  • Seminars and project work
  • Literature studies
  • Group work with audiovisual material
  • Group and plenary discussions
  • Practical exercises in counselling

Obligatory activities

Participation in practical exercises


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory. You are allowed to be absent for a maximum of 20%.


Canvas is the learning management system for education at UiO. On Canvas you may find detailed information about the teaching and exams for the courses you are enrolled in. On Canvas you may participate in learning activities, submit assignments and interact with groups.

In addition, we use Canvas to share relevant information for students of the course. Keep up to date on the announcements!   

Visit the Department of Special Needs Education’s website to find information about upcoming events such as seminars, conferences and disputations. For updates on social activities, follow the student council, Fagutvalget, on Facebook.


  • Individual written assignment (e.g. case).

The compulsory component must be completed and approved before you are allowed to take the exam. 

Previous exams

Digital home examination

The home examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera.You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

 Read more about home examinations using Inspera.

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 evaluated every time it is taught. See summaries of course evaluations at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

Facts about this course

Every spring
Every spring
Teaching language