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Prevention and intervention of bullying in learning environments

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This internet based module is a joint master module (i.e. level 9) established through a professional cooperation between National Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research in Education at the University of Stavanger (UiS) and National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at the Dublin City University (DCU). The module is placed at the National Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research, UiS, and School of Education Studies, DCU.
The focus of the module will be on prevention as well as intervention of bullying in educational settings from preschool to higher education and will have a school wide approach. The module aims to give students insight and knowledge on how teachers can prevent, identify and intervene towards bullying, using a system approach. The themes will be presented using theories of social psychology, learning theories, equality and diversity and school sociology. A broad range of international research will be presented.
The module will be internet based offering one assembly for the students during the module in Dublin or in Stavanger.
Completed module can be part of the master's in Education at both Department of Teacher education, special Education, UiS, and School of Education Studies, DCU.

Learning outcome

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 research ethical problems.
  • 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.


1. Bullying - the concept, dynamics and impacts
2. A system approach to prevent, identify and deal with bullying in learning environments
3. Policy development and legislation at European, national and school level

Required prerequisite knowledge

Good knowledge of English is required.


3 Essays
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Essay 1 A - F
Essay 2 A - F
Essay 3 A - F
Three essays, 2000 words (+/- 10 %) each. Each essay will count 1/3 towards the final grade. The essays can be submitted in Norwegian or English.

Coursework requirements

Completed all tasks given in the internet sessions.
This will include multiple choice tasks and questions related to the online lectures, films and literature.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Hildegunn Fandrem , Ida Risanger Sjursø
Programme coordinator
Hege Cecilie Nygaard Barker

Method of work

12 internet based sessions with lectures and tasks to complete. There will be arranged for one assembly in Dublin or in Stavanger with brief speeches and discussions drawn on cases.
Work load: 200 hours for lectures, 150 for individual literature study and 50 to complete the essay.

Open to

Bachelor's degree in teaching or pre-school teaching, social work or an equivalent qualificationGood knowledge of English is required


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 25.09.2020