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Courses taught at Campus Stord

Fjords and Glaciers

Students laying on the edge of Preikestolen

Outdoor life in a pedagogical setting

The course is interdisciplinary and consists of nature studies and culture studies on top of outdoor activities. The didactics of outdoor life, the Norwegian tradition of outdoor life and the link between outdoor life and environmental issues are the basic elements of the course.

The aim of the course is to make students realize how man affects nature and how nature affects culture in terms of past and present industries. Through four 3-days excursions students will experience the typical landscape of western Norway, its fauna and flora, and will learn how this landscape has been formed and modified. The students will do this by exploring mountains, lakes, fjords and glaciers.

Course content

The course will cover these different topics:


  • the Norwegian tradition of Glacier walking
  • excursion to the Folgefonna Glacier, learning glacier skills
  • the natural and cultural history of the glacier


  • hiking, sleeping in lavvu and learning outdoor skills particular for mountain hiking
  • the mountain ecosystem: living conditions for plants and animals
  • the natural and cultural history of mountains

Lake, watery systems and forests

  • canoeing in rivers and lakes
  • learning skills important for staying in nature
  • freshwater ecosystem: living conditions for plants and animals
  • picking berries and mushrooms
  • forests and water systems in a cultural perspective


  • sailing in traditional wooden boats
  • learning fishing skills, sailing- and rowing skills
  • fjord ecosystem: living conditions for plants and animals
  • coastal culture and seafood

Learning methods

Outdoor activities is the starting point for all methods applied throughout the course. The course is based on:

  • four 3-days excursions
  • fieldwork and hiking trips
  • lectures
  • individual and group work
  • practice in kindergarten, primary school, or other institution where outdoor activities are included.

You will have to pay 8000 NOK for the excursions during your stay. The amount covers travel expenses, accommodation, rent of equipment for the hike on the glacier and other travel expenses in relation to the excursions.


Students will be assessed on the basis of portfolios including the following elements:

  • an individual journal of reflective work
  • reports from teaching and observation practice
  • group work on the various excursions including preparation, the excursion itself and final report
  • approved field work
  • active participation
  • oral exam, formal marks on a grading scale from A - F


Departmental international coordinator: Kari-Jorunn Lunde

International coordinator: Kajsa Nordström

E-mail: international@hvl.no

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English as a Foreign language

Aerial photo of the Rommetveit Campus

Course content:

English as a foreign language deals with communicaiton and knowledge, and has an aestehetic dimension. These elements are central in the course.

The one-year course is at the same level and scope as a one-year 100-leverl course in English at universities. The course qualifies for teaching English in primary and seconday schools.


  • develop the students´ ability to understand spoken and written English, and their ability to express themselves orally and in writing.

  • develop understanding of how the language is constructed and how it is used in various situations and for different purposes.

  • develop understanding of cultural, social, and political phenomena in English-speaking countries.

  • develop understanding of issues related to the learning of foreign languages.

  • develop the ability to plan, carry out and assess the teaching of English.

  • give insight into research and professional development in the discipline, in particular in relation to English didactics and methods.


The course is organized as lectures, self-studies, student-oriented teaching discussions, portfolios, tutoring and a study tour to the UK (in the spring semester).

Autumn semester:

Spring semester:

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More information

Departmental international coordiantor: Kari-Jorunn Lunde

International coordinator: Kajsa Nordstöm

E-mail: international@hvl.no

Sida ble sist oppdatert: 04.09.2017