General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is knowledge of the historical ideas and roots of natural caring, professional nursing and caring/nursing science; and to reflect on and practice caring ethics in nursing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to understand the historical trends in caring and nursing and caring science; to report the methods for history of ideas and the critical use of texts in this research approach; to reflect on ethos and caring/nursing ethics and put this into practice.

Course contents

Methods and critical approaches in the history of ideas. The ideological roots and ideas of caring and nursing. Ideas of caring and nursing science theorists. Caring and nursing ethics, the nursing and caring philosophy of the hospital, ethical theories.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Caring science (basic)

Previous course names

Partly: The history of ideas in caring and nursing; caring/nursing ethics.

Additional information

The student should attend the first lesson and seminars.

Recommended or required reading

Eriksson K (red.) 1995. Mot en caritativ vårdetik.
Eriksson K, Matilainen D (red.) 2002. Vårdandets och vårdvetenskapens idéhistoria. Strövtåg i spårandet av "caritas originalis".

Study activities

  • Lectures - 17 hours
  • Practical exercises - 13 hours
  • Small-group work - 0 hours
  • Individual studies - 90 hours
  • - 13 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio


  • Gray Pamela
  • Nyström Patrik
  • Wallinvirta Eivor
  • Paakkonen Heikki


Wallinvirta Eivor

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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