Early Childhood Education: Explorative Learning
This course provides an introduction to the learning environments and explorative approaches of Swedish preschools. Preschools are highlighted as a venue for children’s participation and influence in relation to children’s rights.
The course provides insight into the development and philosophy of Swedish preschools, with links between the view on children, learning, play, care, and childhood conditions.
In addition, the course includes study visits to preschools and other institutions and activities for children.
The course is offered spring and autumn semesters.
Study pace: Full time studies, 100%.
The course is offered for international exchange students and for students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.
Instruction is given in the form of lectures, teacher-led seminars, field studies, group exercises and study visits. Specific teaching sessions are mandatory. Absence must be compensated for as described in the study guide.
During the course you are going to visit preschools, museums and other early childhood education settings etc. on several occasions. More information about the study visits will be published on the learning and collaboration platform Athena.
The Study Guide for the course will be published at the latest one month prior to the course start.
The course is examined on the basis of an individual paper and oral group presentation.
Autumn semester 2020: Emilie Moberg
ScheduleThis is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Autumn semester 2020: October 19th until November 13th
Please note that the schedule above is preliminary until one month prior to the course start.
Spring semester 2021:
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
The course literature will be published at the latest two months prior to the course start.
Combine courses to study a full semester
Please note that it is possible to combine with the two following courses in order to study a full semester (30 ECTS) focusing on science, technology, education for sustainable development, mathematics and explorative learning in the context of early childhood education.
How to apply
It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information at universityadmission.se:
Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.
International freemover students
International students create an account and submit an online application via the central Swedish application site: www.universityadmissions.se
Studying at Stockholm University
Meet our students
My experiences as an exchange student at the Department of Child and Youth Studies
The exchange student Deborah Suter from Switzerland was studying courses in Early Childhood Education during fall semester 2018 at The Department of Child and Youth Studies. Read about her experiences.Photo: Deborah Suter.
If you have questions regarding the content of the course please contact the teacher responsible for the course.
If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades, the learning and collaboration platform Athena etc. please contact the course administrator.