SPED1010 – Special Needs Education: Language, Communication and Socialization

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Course content

Language, Communication and Socialization takes up socialization, language and communication from the social, developmental psychology and special needs education perspectives.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Socialization, language and cognitive development
  • Language, communication and communication theories
  • Linguistics and social linguistics
  • Socialization, learning and language stimulation
  • Various forms of language and communication difficulties

Learning outcome

The course will provide knowledge about central areas of development that are of importance in the field of special needs education.


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Instruction is given in the form of weekly lectures. Throughout the entire spring term, there will be obligatory PBL-groups for students in the Bachelor’s programme in Special Needs Education, along with voluntary seminars for students who are only enrolled in the course. Both the PBL groups and the seminars are based to a large degree on student activity.


Obligatory components:
A written individual theoretical assignment delivered to the department or an oral presentation in seminar must be approved before the student can take the examination. For students enrolled in the Special Needs Education programme (who are also taking the course SPED2020), participation and presentation in PBL groups counts as delivery of the individual theoretical assignment.

More information about this will be available at the start of each term.

The examination consists of a 6-hour long written individual test at the end of the spring term. The grade is awarded on an alphabetic scale from A to F, with A to E for passing. A is the best grade and F is fail.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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