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SPED3004/1 Special education and symptoms of disabilities


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated: 

Knowledge and understanding:

  • A conceptual understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, performed through a practical   skills approach
  • A systematic understanding of how to translate, deconstruct and re-imagine theory into potential practice
  • A comprehensive knowledge of how to undertake an integrative interdisciplinary diagnostic approach to understand causes and symptoms and develop effective learning solutions.
  • A comprehensive understanding of personal relationship between theory, practice, space, materials and others, in the learning and development processes.
  • An ability to critically evaluate and understand and know how to use tools and techniques to enhance inner resistance, and how to translate this into effective learning and   performance.

Skills and abilities:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  •   Demonstrate the ability to interrogate and re-imagine theoretical perspectives
  •   Demonstrate the ability to translate the ecology of learning (theories) into a practical context


General competences (transferable skills):

At the end of the course students will be have gained the following general competences:

  •   Critical evaluation and analysis of theory
  •   Integrate interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives
  •   Academic writing skills.



This course is intended to create a bridge between theory and practice, through the translation of theory into practice through performance (performance theory). This course seeks to re-imagine potential:

  • of the learning process
  • of the methods
  • of the learner.

It will start with an examination of existing theories and symptoms of disability (from course x), and explore how a new pedagogy can be developed, whereby an integrative interdisciplinary diagnostic approach can be used as part of a transformative learning process/experience within special needs education. Through this, diagnostic concepts can be re-thought, and embedded within a new or alternative framework.

Through this course, students will be expected to engage in practical activities, underpinned by their theoretical knowledge and critical evaluation and reflective practice, in order to shape their development of new pedagogies. [The how of education]

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Two on-line group seminars.
  • Two learning sets in home country (4-6 participants).
  • Independent study (reading and personal self-reflection).

 This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) or thourgh On-line seminar participation

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

75% attendance

Participation in two learning set

Participation in two on-line seminar


Exam is given in two parts. Each part counts 50% of the final assesment in this module.

Part 1: An oral, physical and/ or a practical presentation/ performance.

Part 2: Written reflection on the possibilities of alternative approaches (2500 words)