BLH3330 Fairytales and creativity - Nordic Childhoods Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Fairytales and creativity - Nordic Childhoods
Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, arbeidsplassbasert
Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning - samlings- og nettbasert
Bachelorstudium i barnehagelærerutdanning, heltid
Fairytales and creativity - Nordic Childhoods
30 stp.


Fairytales and Creativity is one of the courses under Nordic Childhoods. It focuses on Nordic culture where nature plays an important role in society, aesthetics and in work with children. Joint events with the other Nordic Childhoods courses are integrated, as overnight trips and outdoor excursions. We also visit schools, kindergartens and other institutions. We focus on play, learning by doing, experience and workshops.

In the Fairytales and Creativity course we ask: Why do stories appeal to modern man? In what way can stories contribute to increasing knowledge about today's cultural expressions, and about ourselves? How can we use stories in contexts relevant to different pedagogical approaches? The objective of the course is to introduce students to the storytelling tradition of Western culture and the main theories of myths and basic mythology. Important elements in the course are: the difference between myths, fairytales and legends; structural theories, psychological theories, eclectic theories; myths and religion.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

The language of all teaching and supervision is English, and the students should therefore have a working knowledge of both spoken and written English.


After completion of the course, the student have the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

· has developed knowledge of myths, fairytales and legends

· has achieved an understanding of the content of the narratives, both the structure and motives and

the psychological ramifications

· has acquired insight into the role of oral society for the emergence of fairy tales


The student is able to

· understand how narrative patterns can be used in aesthetic productions

· work creatively with music, art, drama etc.

· create different story based performances

General competence

The student

· has developed an awareness of cultural heritage

· is able to write an individual paper on a chosen topic within the main subject of the course

· is able to use myths, fairy tales and legends in a didactic context

· can reflect on and produce authentic texts and media products aimed at authentic target groups

· can reflect on and contribute to entrepreneurship related to the course contents

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

•Literature studies/theory

•Lectures and supervision




•Cultural exchanges and real life encounters

•Reflective journal

•Individual and group papers/performances

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

Four of the following individual coursework requirements must be approved. The purpose of these coursework requirements is to gain experience of storytelling, to practise creating enthusiasm for theory, to gain international experience beyond the ordinary lectures and workshops, to acquire practical skills in connection with a vocation, and to get first-hand experiences of the local context of the course.

1 Favourite story presentation (2-5 minutes)

2 Theory presentation (5-10 minutes)

3 Participation in International Week (week 43) 3-4 days of lectures and workshops

4 Practical work in connection with arts and craft classes (5 days of workshops)

5 Participation in excursions (stipulated appr. 10 days, only 1 day's absence is acceptable)

Four of the following group coursework requirements must be approved. The purpose of these work requirements is to gain access to experiences from peers, to learn profession specific work methods, to reflect on the relationship between theory and practice, and to assess the course activities while reflecting on the relevance of the course activities.

1 Production of a drama (5 days of workshop)

2 Production of radio theatre (5 days of workshop)

3 Production of stop-motion animation (5 days of workshop)

4 Blog production (a diary that will require at least five minutes from every student every week)

5 Practical work in connection with International Week (2-6 hours of preparation)

Students who know about absence must notify the teacher. In special cases compensatory assignments can be used.

Vurdering og eksamen

The final assessment is based on two exams. The completion of the two exams will result in one final overall grade. The final grade for the course will be calculated as the sum of the grades for the first and second part worth 60% and 40% respectively.

Part 1

The first part consists of an individual paper on a chosen topic (4000-4500 words. If the student makes a practical product, the written part only needs to be 2000 words). The individual paper should

•have an individually chosen topic and be related to the student's own experiences

•be an in-depth study of the individually chosen topic

•focus on the central parts of the course and make meaningful use of at least 3 texts from the syllabus.

The paper can

•be a purely theoretical study/analysis

•include practical studies

•test out educational ideas linked to the subject

•be a performance etc., including theoretical reflections on the choices made

•focus on the central parts of the course and make meaningful use of at least 3 texts from the syllabus.

The topic must be approved by the course leader(s).

Part 2

The second part consists of an individual product addressing an authentic target group. The student also writes a meta-text 1000-1500 words).

The product should

  • have an individually chosen topic/purpose
  • represent a deeper understanding of the individually chosen topic/purpose
  • address an authentic target group
  • be accompanied by a meta-text that argues for the choices made in the product. The text should focus on the central parts of the course and make meaningful use of at least 3 texts from the syllabus.

The topic must be approved by the course leader(s).

If a student fails the exam or is absent at the time of the exam for a valid reason, the student is entitled to resit the exam the following semester. The resit will be organised in the same manner as the ordinary exam. Students who fail the exam may submit an improved paper for the resit exam.

The regulations on resit and rescheduled exams are available in the Regulations relating to studies and examinations at OsloMet. Students must register for a resit or rescheduled exam.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All examination support materials are allowed. However, Sources must be stated in accordance with applicable rules for source references.


Grade scale, A-F

Grading will be in accordance with the ECTS grading scale, with A-E as a pass grades and F as a fail grade. The criteria for the different grades will be presented to the students at the beginning of the course.


The first exam will be graded by one internal and one external examiners.

The second exam will be graded by internal examiners.