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 to extend the awareness of responsibility involved in the profession according to meet the vulnerable human being

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to meet the patient with different cultural background in care-settings,to have an ability to understand the spiritual needs and to show respect for the unique human being and to treat with dignity at the end of the life
- understand how the care of dying, spiritual care and care related to other cultures are taken care of in our society
- able to supervise patients and relatives in questions that are concerned with culture, spirituality and the issues according to dying patients

Course contents

Transcultural care
Spiritual care
Care of the dying patient

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic nursing theory and practical training

Recommended or required reading

Leininger, M. 2002. Transcultural nursing: 9concepts, theories, research, and practice. Mc Graw-Hill, New York. ISBN 0-07-135397-6
O’Brien, M E.Spirituality in nursing : standing on holy ground.Boston 2008
Sivonen, K. 2000. Vårdden och det andliga.sid.225-292 Åbo Akademis förlag, Åbo.
Vainio, A.,Hietanen, P.2004 Palliatiivinen hoito. 2 uudistettu painos. Kustannus Oy Duodecim ISBN 951-656-105-5

Eriksson, Barbosa da Silva (red): Vårdteologi
Wikström Owe: Sonjas godhet-medkänsla i en självupptagen tid
Wikström Owe: Till längtans försvar eller vemodet i finsk tango

Study activities

  • Lectures - 50 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 16 hours
  • Individual studies - 60 hours
  • - 8 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 134 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 68 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 66 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Demonstrations and presentations


  • Kajander Elisabeth
  • Sundell Solveig


Sundell Solveig

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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