Extension studies

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Type of course

Free Elective

Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student increases knowledge and awareness about different forms of rehabilitation. Student increases his knowledge about the purpose and meaning of rehabilitation from different perspectives and after the course student has knowledge about different actors involved in rehabilitation. Student is also able to use different kinds of eveidence when planning rehabilitation for individuals and groups.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student has
- knowledge about the role and responsibility of the community regarding rehabilitation.
- knowledge about the role NGO organisations has as a resource in rehabilitation
-has deeper knowledge about different rehabilitation forms as a base for their practical work.
- knowledge about importance of working evidence based in rehabilitation as a way to guarantee the best possible rehabilitation for individuals and groups.
- understands the individual person's experiences regarding rehabilitation and disability.
-can clarify his own professional role in the rehabilitation process and can use his professional knowledge in multiprofessional work.
- is able to participate in multiprofessional project work.

Course contents

- Individual meaning and experience of a disability
- Multiprofessional perspective on rehabilitation
- NGO organisations and rehabilitation.
- Evidence Based practive
- Introduction to project work

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic courses in the student's own professional area.

Additional information

Compulsory presence at supervision, group-work and seminars.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading:
Barnes, C., Mercer, G., Shakespeare, T. 1999. Exploring disability: a sociological introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Beisser, A. 1990. Flying without wings: personal reflections on loss, disability and healing. New York: Bantam.
Boström, K. 2005. Living with deteriorating and hereditary disease : experiences over ten years of persons with muscular dystrophy and their next of kin. Örebro: Örebro universitet.
Brown, I., Brown, R. 2003. Quality of life and disability: an approach for community practitioners. London : Jessica Kingsley.
Hick, C. 1999. Research methods for clinical therapists : applied project design and analysis. Edinburgh : Churchill Livingstone
Lewis, J. 2001. Project planning, scheduling & control - a hands-on guide to bringing projects in on time and on budget. New York : McGraw-Hill.
Lillrank, A. 1998. Living one day at a time: parental dilemmas of managing the experience and the care of childhood cancer. STAKES.
Loijas, S., Merentie, A. 1995. Towards a society for all: an action programme on disability policy. Helsingfors : Ministry of Social Affairs and Health: National Council on Disability.
Mattingly, C. 1998. Healing dramas and clinical plots : the narrative structure of experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Oliver, M. 1996. Understanding disability: from theory to practice. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Refshauge, K., Ada, L., Ellis, E. (ed). Science-based rehabilitation: theories into practice Edinburgh: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Strandberg, T. 2006. Vuxna med förvärvad traumatisk hjärnskada - omställningsprocesser och konsekvenser i vardagslivet: en studie av femton personers upplevelser och erfarenheter av att leva med förvärvad traumatisk hjärnskada. Örebro : Örebro Universitetsbibliotek.
Söderlund, M. 2004. Som drabbad av en orkan : anhörigas tillvaro när en närstående drabbas av demens. Åbo : Åbo Akademis förlag Pargas.
Teittinen, A. 2000. Miten tutkia vammaisuutta yhteiskunnallisena kysymyksenä. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän yliopisto.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 20 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 30 hours
  • Project work and productions - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 130 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 60 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 70 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Reports and productions

Assessment requirements

Attendance at compulsory parts of the course: seminars, groupwork and supervision.
Passed in examination of project plan.


  • Arola Annikki
  • Kokko Anne
  • Nordlund-Spiby Rut
  • Sundell Solveig


Arola Annikki

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2010-01-31

The timetable of the course

10.15-11.00 Introduction to course. Presentation of course content and working methods. COMPULSORY PRECENCE
11.00-12-00 LUNCH
12.00-13.00: Lectures: What is project work? Anne Kokko
13.15- 14.30: Presentation of projects
14.45-16.00: Individual work: literature about project work
08.30-12.00: Individual work: literature about project work
13-15-15.00:Lectures: Rehabilitation as a frame of reference. Annikki Arola
09.15- 11.00:Evidence Based practice. Anne Kokko
12.00-15.00: Individual perspective on rehabilitation. Anne Kokko and Solveig Sundell
08.30-12.00: Group work with project planning.
09.15-11.00:Group work with project planning.
12.00-13.30:Lectures Multiprofessional work in rehabilitation. Annikki Arola
14.00-16.00:Group work with project planning
08.30-12.00: Team meeting whole group.
Compulsory presence
13.00-15.00:Group work with writing project plan

Assessment methods

2009-10-12 - Reports and productions

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