Introduction to Child Studies, 7.5 credits

Introduktion till barnstudier, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Child Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Karin Zetterqvist Nelson

Course coordinator

Karin Zetterqvist Nelson

Director of studies or equivalent

Mats Andrén
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MCH Child Studies, Master´s Programme 1 (Autumn 2022) 202234-202238 English Linköping C

Main field of study

Child Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Child Studies

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within the humanities, social sciences or the behavioral sciences with a major relevant to the programme. 
    Examples of fields:
    - anthropology
    - education
    - history
    - communication studies
    - media studies
    - language studies
    - psychology
    - social work
    - sociology
    - political science
    or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should on an advanced level be able to:

  •  use an interactive Internet-based educational technology and learning model in the learning process
  • describe the basic rules and regulations related to advanced studies;
  • account for and apply the rules for the treatment of academic references and the principles of source criticism
  • give and receive constructive criticism
  • understand the implications and consequences of plagiarism
  • describe the fundamental theoretical perspectives in research on children and childhood
  • academically analyse and integrate a limited area of interdisciplinary knowledge within the area of children and childhood through reading and discussions, and express this both orally and in writing

Course content

The course starts with an overview of child- and childhood studies, as an interdisciplinary area of knowledge. Further the fundamentals of various theoretical orientations and themes that have been developed in the area, such as research on children’s interaction and play, children’s culture and child culture, children’s rights and child policy, as well as the shifting meaning of childhood in time and space. A number of central theoretical concepts are introduced, such as children’s perspectives, child perspective, and child rights perspective, as well as different conceptions of the child and of childhood. Finally, the course encompasses treatment of the basics of academic writing.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching in this course is carried out online and consists of lectures, seminars and group work. In addition, the student will engage in independent studies.

Language of instruction and examination: English.


Examinations in the course consist of:

• oral presentation with visual aids in a group of students, grading scale: UG
• individual written assignment, grading scale: EC

A passing grade (E) in the course requires grade E in the individual written assignment as well as a passing grade in all other examinations in the course. Higher grades are based on the individual written assignment.

More detailed information is available in the study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för Tema
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXA2 Examination 5 credits EC
EXA1 Examination 2.5 credits U, G

Regulary literature


Kehily, Mary Jane, (2009) An introduction to childhood studies. 2nd ed. Maidenhead, England : Open University Press ; New York : McGraw-Hill, 2009.

ISBN: 9780335228706, 0335228704

Chapter, pp 17-31 Woodhead M "Past, present and future."

Kehily, Mary Jane, Kehily, Mary Jane, (2013) Understanding Childhood : A Cross Disciplinary Approach

ISBN: 9781447305804, 9781447342953, 9781447309277

Chapter, pp 213-266 [Begin your reading on p. 224!] Kehily M J “Childhood: a sociocultural approach.”

Qvortrup, Jens, Corsaro, William A., Honig, Michael-Sebastian, (2009) The Palgrave handbook of childhood studies. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

ISBN: 9780230274686, 9781282507685, 0230274684, 9780230532601, 9780230532601

Chapter, pp 34-45 James A "Agency"

Chapter, pp 301-315 Corsaro J “Peer Culture”

Stuart MacDonald and Nicola Headlam (eds.), (1986) The research methods handbook: Introductory guide to research methods for social research

(Free online book) pp. 34-57. Qualitative research methods


de Castro, L.R., Why global? Children and childhood from a decolonial perspective Childhood (Childhood, 1 February 2020, 27(1):48-62)

Tisdall, E. KayM., Punch, Samantha, Not so ‘new’? Looking critically at childhood studies. Children's Geographies Aug2012, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p249-264. 16p. 1 Chart.


The Sage encyclopedia of children and childhood studies.

Cook, Daniel Thomas (2020).  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.

Additional literature


Melton, Gary B., Ben-Aryeh, Asher, Cashmore, Judy, Goodman, Gail S., Worley, Nancy K., (2014) The SAGE handbook of child research. Los Angeles : SAGE, 2014

ISBN: 9781306323307, 9781446294765, 9781412930161

Reference literature, Chapter 4, 6, 7 and 9
Issues concerning methodology, see chapter 20, 21, 24 and 30

Sambell, Kay, Gibson, Mel, Miller, Sue, (2010) Studying childhood and early childhood : a guide for students. 2nd ed. Los Angeles : SAGE, 2010.

ISBN: 9781849201346, 184920134X, 9781849201353, 9781446211014, 1849201358

Reference literature

This tab contains public material from the course room in Lisam. The information published here is not legally binding, such material can be found under the other tabs on this page.

There are no files available for this course.