Professional 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 to develop competences
within OT by:

  • showing competence and understanding about the
    complex relationship between the health of the
    community, social contexts and occupational
  • understanding the importance of activity for
  • showing competence and understanding for how
    aspects of society and culture can influence
  • understanding and be able to measure with what
    force and in which direction media is influencing
    reality as seen from the social context

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to:

  • explain the content of activity, occupational
    balance, occupational justice and doing, being,
    belonging and becoming. The student can describe
    how these definitions can be seen within
    different target groups and affect activity and
  • describe the meaning of culture, seen from an
    occupational perspective
  • with the aid of daily newspaper identify these
    different perspectives seen in a community based
  • begin to think critically about the influence
    of media on the construction/meaning of

Course contents

societal perspectives on health and human
occupation and participation, focus on different
population groups and their everyday life

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic courses in OT

Additional information

Matteo Stocchettis teaching is supporting students
in their understanding of how media is influencing
the making of our own reality.

Recommended or required reading

Antonovsky,A. 2005. Hälsans mysterium.Natur och Kultur.2dra utgåvan.

Arola, A. 2018. Capturing the experience of
health among persons aging in a migration
context. Health promotion interventions as means
to enable health and occupations in daily life.
University of Gothenburg.
Christansen, C. H & Townsend, E.A. 2010.
Introduction to Occupation. The Art and Science
of Living. 2nd ed. New Jersey: Pearson.
Hitch D, Pepin G, & Stagnitti K. (2014). In the
Footsteps of Wilcock, Part One: The evolution of
doing, being, becoming and belonging.
Occupational Therapy in Health Care.
Hitch, D., Pépin, G., & Stagnitti, K. 2014. In
the Footsteps of Wilcock, Part Two: The
Interdependent Nature of Doing, Being,
and Belonging. Occupational Therapy In Health
Care. 28(3) 247-263.
Hitch, D., Pépin, G., & Stagnitti, K. 2014. In
the Footsteps of Wilcock, Part Two: The
Interdependent Nature of Doing, Being,
and Belonging. Occupational Therapy In Health
Care, 28(3), 247-263.
Häggblom-Kronlöf, G., Hultberg, J., Eriksson,
BG. & Sonn, U. (2007). Experiences of daily
occupations at 99 years of age. SJOT 14:192-200
Kroksmark, Ulla. 2014. Hälsa och aktivitet i
vardagen - ur ett arbetsterapeutiskt
perspektiv. Förbundet Sveriges
Matuska, K., Christiansen, C. (2009) Life
balance : multidisciplinary theories and
Thorofare, NJ : SLACK Inc, kap. 1, 2, 9, 10
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
Stocchetti, M & Kukkonen, K. 2011. Critical
media analysis. An introduction for media
professionals. kap. 1,2. Frankfurt am Main:
Peter Lang
Wilcock,A A. 2015. An occupational perspective
of health. 3nd ed. Slack.
Whalley, H K. 2004. Dimensions of Meaning in
the Occupations of Daily Life. I: Revue
Canadienne 180;ergothérapie. 5(71). s. 296 -

Study activities

  • Lectures - 15 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 4 hours
  • Small-group work - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 45 hours
  • Seminars - 4 hours
  • - 27 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-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

The examination forms of the course:

  1. Oral presentation in seminar. The presentation
    graded from 1-5, is a group work and is based on
    a case. To pass the examination the student have
    to be able to explain the content of all the
    different perspectives and describe how these
    perspectives influence activity and participation
    within different kinds of groups. The grade for
    the presentations is the same for all group
  2. Written task (in pairs): The students writes an debate article for a newspaper. Passed/not passed.
  3. International co-operation: study activities passed/not passed.


  • Arola Annikki
  • Stocchetti Matteo
  • Werner Tove


Werner Tove

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2021-10-31

Assessment methods

  • 2021-03-16 - Exams
  • 2021-04-26 - Reports and productions
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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