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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Competency goal/knowledge of occupational therapy:
- student gain knowledge and understanding for the complex connection between people's health, social context and occupational justice
- student understands the general view of health and how it affects the availability of public health service
- student demonstrates knowledge and understanding for how mental, social, attitudinal and cultural factors influence the clients ability to participate in daily activities
-student should be able to understand and assess the strength and the direction of the media influence on THE social construction of reality and OF relevant aspects of it

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- discuss and reflect in groups with professionals from different areas and with professionals with different cultural background on issues related to quality of life for people that are in vulnerable positions in society
- understands and can explain the concepts and content of health, culture, quality of life, life balance, salutogenic perspective and occupational justice, be able to understand how the concepts relate to the clients performance of daily activities
- student should be able to recognize the power of media in the social construction of reality in particular meanings relating to health

Course contents

Health and society in an occupational therapy perspective

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in occupational therapy, Human occupation, Psychological development and learning, Creativity and health, Environment and participation

Additional information

The International week, theme: Quality of life, 21.10 - 25.10.2013 is part of the course.
Senior lecturer and adjunct professor Matteo Stocchetti lectures in the course.
Compulsory attendance at examination seminar.

Recommended or required reading

Antonovsky, A. 2005. Hälsans mysterium. Natur & Kultur.
Matuska, K., Christiansen, C. (2009) Life balance : multidisciplinary theories and research
Thorofare, NJ : SLACK Inc
Scaffa, M.E. et al. 2010. Occupational therapy in the promotion of Health and wellness. USA: F.A. Davis Company, kap. 5, 6, 7, 17
Scriven, A. 2013. Ewles & Simnett Hälsoarbete. Poland: Studentlitteratur
Lindström, B & Eriksson, M. 2010. The Hitchhikers guide to salutogenesis. Folkhälsan research center. Research report 2010:2
Stocchetti, M & Kukkonen, K. 2011. Critical media analysis. An introduction for media professionals. chap 1,2. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang

Students also search for and uses relevant research articles related to the key concepts

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 4 hours
  • Individual studies - 75 hours
  • Seminars - 4 hours
  • - 20 hours


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

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio
  • oral examination at seminar

Assessment requirements

The course is examined

1. orally at a seminar,
The oral examination is based on a group work with a case. In order to get grade 1 (assessment scale 1 - 5) requires the student to define all the key concepts and that the student can connect concepts to the client`s occupational performance.

2. Written essay formed as a letter to the editor concerning a current theme, assessment: approved grade/ not approved grade


  • Haldin Denice
  • Stocchetti Matteo
  • Peri Heidi


Haldin Denice

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2013-03-18

The timetable of the course

Kursen inleds med introduktion den 28.10.2013 och avslutas med examinerande seminarium

Assessment methods

  • 2013-12-11 - Reports and productions
  • 2013-12-11 - Other assignments

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