The course is included in these curricula and study modules

  • Health care 2001 - 2004 - Caring science
  • Midwife 2001 - 2004 - Caring science
  • Nurse - medical surgical nursing 2001 - 2004 - Caring science
  • Nurse - pediatric nursing 2001 - 2004 - Caring science
  • Nurse - perioperative care 2001 - 2004 - Caring science
  • Nurse - psychiatric nursing 2001 - 2004 - Caring science


General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

3 cr

Competency aims

To understand the history of ideas in caring, nursing, and caring science.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- describe the history of ideas of caring in nursing
- describe research methods in historical research on idéas and the priority of primary sources of material

Course contents

The history of ideas as a part of systematic caring science. Natural and professional ideas of caring. Charity in religious and secular nursing history. The impact of technology on nursing practice. The period of academic development. Different cultural ideas and their impact on nursing and caring. Research methods and approaches.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Systematic caring science.

Recommended or required reading

Eriksson, K. 1990. Pro caritate. En lägesbestämning av caritativ vård. institutionen för vårdvetenskap, Åbo Akademi. ISBN 951-649-732-2.
Eriksson, K. & Matilainen, D. (red.) 2002. Vårdandets och vårdvetenskapens idéhistoria. Vårdforskning 8/2002. Institutionen för vårdvetenskap, Åbo Akademi.
Qvarsell, R. 1991. Vårdens idéhistoria. Carlssons förlag, Stockholm.

Study activities

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Individual work


  • Total workload of the course: 0 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 0 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

No tests


Sivonen Kerstin

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

Tider schemalagda för 04VÅ (med reservation för förändringar)
02.09 2005 kl. 8.30-12 grupp A+B
08.09 2005 kl. 12.30-16 grupp A+B
15.09 2005 kl. 8-16 arbetstid för idéhist. grupp A
22.09 2005 kl. 8-16 arbetstid för idéhist. grupp A
26.09 2005 kl. 9-16 grupp A seminarium
27.09 2005 kl. 9-12.30 grupp A seminarium
5.10.2005 kl. 9-16 grupp B seminarium
6.10.2005 kl. 8.30-12 grupp B seminarium

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