The course takes place in period

  • 1 (2021-08-01 to 2021-10-24)
  • 2 (2021-10-25 to 2021-12-31)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

This course is taught and administrated by Diak

The aim of the course is that students have

-Knowledge of history and trends in caring, care
work and Nursing and Caring science,
-Knowledge of healthcare ethics
-An ability to reflect on dilemmas of care based
on the various ethical choices and decisions

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is
expected to have an understanding of the history
of ideas that lie behind health and care work, as
well as of idea patterns that have influenced
Nursing and Caring science at different times and
in different contexts; to understand the use of
methodology and source criticism in researching
history of ideas; to reflect on the fundamental
values of Caring; to increase awareness of their
own inner ethics.

Course contents

-History of ideas behind caring, care work and
Nursing and Caring science by selected classical
and contemporary thinkers.
-History of Ideas methodology and source
-Caring Ethics: the caritative ethics basic
-The nurse's code of ethics
-Ethical theories; external and
internal ethics as well as responsibility.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The first year course of Evidence based care
and/or previous ethical knowledge and experience of
practical training/care work

Previous course names


Recommended or required reading

Cranmer, P., & Nhemachena, J. (2013).?Ebook :
Ethics for nurses: theory and practice.?McGraw-
Hill Education, Maidenhead. External link.

Duffy, T., Donnell, A., & Snowden, A. (2014).
Pioneering Theories in Nursing. Andrews UK.
https://search-ebscohost External link-

Hafsteinsdóttir, T. B., Jónsdóttir, H., Kirkevold,
M., Leino-Kilpi, H., Lomborg, K., & Rahm, H. I.
(Eds.). (2019).?Leadership in nursing: Experiences
from the European nordic countries. p. 1-12; 69-
80; 99-114. External link.

Code of Ethics for Nurses. ICN. External link-

Ethical Guidelines of Nursing External link-

Nurses' Collegiality Guidelines External link-

Learning material from lectures

Study activities

  • Lectures - 16 hours
  • Small-group work - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 95 hours
  • - 4 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the
following examinations:


Gray Pamela


Gray Pamela

Group size

No limit (17 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Course enrolment period

2021-08-09 to 2021-09-05

Assessment methods

Date of examination will be announced later - Exams

Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2021-08-31 08:30 - 11:30 Nursing Ethics
2021-09-02 12:00 - 15:00 Nursing Ethics Online
2021-09-08 12:30 - 15:30 Nursing Ethics Learning Café Online
2021-10-01 08:30 - 11:30 Nursing Ethics Examination (DIAK)

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