Prevention and intervention of bullying in learning environments (15 ECTS)

The Learning Environment Center is partnering with the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Center at Dublin City University in presenting this module.

In the video above you will find information on the structure of the module and the lecturers.


Bullying – the concept, dynamics and impacts
A systematic approach for prevention, identifying and intervening against bullying in learning environments
Policy development and legislation at European, national and school level

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this module should have the following learning- outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.


The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge within the field of bullying research and specialized insight into bullying in learning environments in educational settings from pre-school to higher education.
  • has thorough knowledge of theories of aggression and social behaviour to understand the dynamics of bullying
  • has knowledge about special relevant measures for solving bullying situations, both on an individual and school level.


The candidate:

  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information of prevention and intervention of bullying and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.
  • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretation of bullying in educational environments and work independently on practical and theoretical problems.
  • can identify and analyze a bullying situation and the role of peers, the teacher, parents and school leadership of the school in order to deal with it.
  • can work independently regarding prevention and intervention both on an individual level and in accordance with a systemic approach.

General competence

The candidate:

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and ethical problems in research.
  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public.
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes.
  • can reflect critically regarding theories and empirical data in the field of bullying.


This is an online course and the teaching language is English. All online lectures will be available from the start of the study and can be viewed at the student's convenience. The module extends over one semester.

A seminar will be held in Dublin early in the semester of 2020. Students are encouraged to attend. There will be academic lectures from Norwegian and Irish researchers, a school visit and workshop on the digital learning platform (Loop).


Online multiple- choice assignments must be completed before the students can move to the next sub-topic.


The exam consists of three essays, each on 2000 words (+/- 10%). Each essay will count 1/3 towards the final grade. Students may use all available resources. Grades A-F.

The deadline for handing in the exam papers is January 2021. The exact date will be launched at the beginning of the semester.

Course plan and literature

The articles are made available on the digital learning platform or published online. You will get a student number, which is used when contacting the University Library for literature that is not openly available.

Download the curriculum list (pdf).

Admission requirements

Admission to the course requires a completed bachelor's degree in teaching or pre-school teaching, social work.  The following educational programs are considered relevant: elementary school teacher, kindergarten teacher, special education teacher, health and social science education or equivalent. Other bachelor's programs in pedagogy or social sciences and psychology are also considered relevant.

Good English skills are an advantage.

How to apply for admission

Applications are sent electronically via UiS 'admission portal. Documentation is also uploaded here.

Apply here

Course fee

The price for the study in the fall of 2020 is NOK 12,000 + semester fee.

Invoice will be sent out after confirmed admission. If an invoice is to be paid by the employer, this must be stated. After the start of the program, you are automatically obliged to pay the participation fee, even if you withdraw from the course at a later date.

Contact details

Course coordinator:
Associate professor Ida Risanger Sjursø

Administrative coordinator:

Hege Barker
Phone: (+47) 51 83 35 51