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Undergraduate course

Traumatic Stress: North and South Perspectives

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Knowledge production about traumatic stress has historically been dominated by the countries of the global North. This course aims to broaden the lens of traumatic stress to encompass both North and South perspectives. It will explore individual and collective aspects of traumatic stress, impacts of traumatic stress across cultural contexts, and approaches to trauma intervention in North and South settings. The course will invite students to engage critically with existing knowledge about traumatic stress and to develop a global perspective on trauma experiences, impacts and treatments.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes:


The student has an in-depth knowledge of:

  • Different forms of trauma exposure, from the individual to the collective
  • Traumatic stress diagnoses in Northern classification systems as well as a range of culturally and contextually based traumatic stress responses
  • Treatment approaches developed in Northern contexts as well as current debates within global mental health about how to address traumatic stress in low- and middle-income countries


The student has the ability to:

  • critically evaluate how knowledge about traumatic stress is produced
  • recognize cutural and contextual variations in trauma experience and impact

General competencies:

By the end of the course the student has the ability to:

  • reflect on the complexity of traumatic stress and apply this awareness to understanding specific contexts of traumatic strass
  • coherently and critically communicate ideas about traumatic stress in global contexts

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

One year study at bachelor level

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a bachelor program in psychology, education, or special education at the Faculty of Psychology. Incoming exchange students at UiB have access to the course.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

    • Lectures, seminars and discussion section attendance are compulsory. As per the regulations of UiB, students are required to attend at least 80% of the course lectures and seminars
    • 2 short seminar assignments of 600 words each

Forms of Assessment

A 72-hour take home exam essay of 2500 words (+/- 10%)

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, and grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Reading material will be provided to students before the start of the course. Students are also expected to source their own readings for the seminar assignments and course paper.

Course Evaluation

The students are expected to evaluate the course at the end of the semester according to procedures set by the Faculty of Psychology.

Programme Committee

Department of Clinical Psychology.

Course Coordinator

Department of Clinical Psychology.

Course Administrator

Faculty of Psychology.


Student Information Center.

Contact: UiBhjelp

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Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Assignment handed out
    11.04.2023, 10:00
    Submission deadline
    14.04.2023, 10:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination result announcement
    Examination system
    Digital exam