BA - Single course

PED-1001 Introduction to Indigenous perspectives on special education

  • Course code: PED-1001
  • Level: Bachelor, basic level
  • Scope: 7.5 ECTS credits
  • Over how many semesters: 1 semester
  • Course provision: The course is carried out virtually
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In this course we introduce students to Indigenousperspectives on special education. Students will learn the basics of special education fromglobalIndigenous perspectives. Indigenous childrenand youth in need of special support are dependent on dominant, colonialeducation systems that may not align with Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.

This course addresses critical aspects of special educational provision such as effects of colonialism, power imbalance, relationality,and ethical considerationsin global Indigenous contexts. Models of disability and special education will provide a historical background.

Current policies and legislation will be examined in relation to special educational practices in a selection of global Indigenous contexts. Strengthbased inclusive special education practices will be analysed through Indigenous paradigmatic lenseswill provide a broader context. Core concepts within the field of special education such as inclusion, exclusion, empowerment, stigmatization,and labelling will be scrutinized through pan-Indigenous and tribally specific lenses, and Indigenization of special educational practice discussed.


The course can be taken as an independent course, or included as a supportive, elective, or free course in various bachelor’s degree programs. It is especially appropriate for students in educational studies such as pre-school and teacher education, as well as for teachers and other professionals working in fields in which they handle issues of diversity and the special educational needs of Indigenous children and youth.


The language of instruction will be English. Assignments and the final exam can be delivered inEnglish, North Sámi, Norwegian or Swedish language.



  • The entire course will be virtual
  • lectures
  • flipped classroom
  • group discussions and seminars
  • case studies


The following conditions must be accepted by the study coordinator before the student is allowed to takethe exam:

  • 80 % class participation
  • One written assignmenton approx. 1000 words


Individual two-day home exam of 2000-3000 words.

Grading sale: A graded scale A-F, where A is the top grade and F is the failing grade

Do you have questions about the study?
Please get in touch with the coordinator of the study: 

Anne Lindblom

Entrance requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification.
  • Admission may also be gained by means of other qualifications recognized as being on a par with the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, such as recognition of prior learning and work experience.
    A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education(NOKUT).
  • For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.