General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is awareness and knowledge on 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 practice and science; to report the methods of 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 in nursing and caring theories. Caring and nursing ethics: categories of caring ethics, ethical code of nursing, the philosophy of nursing institutions, 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 seminars. The examination tasks should be given to the teachers (the history of ideas in caring and nursing) and (caring ethics).

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 - 23 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 30 hours
  • Project work and productions - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 40 hours
  • - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 80 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 53 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

Reports and productions

Assessment requirements

Report on the history of ideas of nursing and caring ethics.


  • Alenius-Karlsson Nanny
  • Sivonen Kerstin


Alenius-Karlsson Nanny

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Kursen omfattar två delar.
Del 1 Vårdetik. Överlärare Kerstin Sivonen.
31.3 9.15-16 Föreläsningar och samtal om vårdetik i grupp
1.4 9.15-16 Föreläsningar och samtal om vårdetik i grupp
2.4 Föreläsningar och samtal om vårdetik i grupp
Under tiden för yrkespraktik dokumenteras reflektioner och idéer om etik och moral i vårdverkligheten. OBS!! Etikseminarium 25.5. 12.30-17.
Del 2 Vårdandets, vårdarbetets och vårdvetenskapens idéhistoria. Lektor Nanny Alenius-Karlsson.

Assessment methods

2009-05-29 - Reports and productions

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