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Title Occupational Science conceptual development and application on research
Course number 2702
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2019-09-30 -- 2019-11-22
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Specific entry requirements Students should have knowledge in models of practice in occupational therapy
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to develop theoretical and conceptual understanding on occupational science including how theories and concepts within the discipline can be applied to a specific research-question or research-area. In-depth knowledge also includes development of critical thinking in application of theories and knowledge short-coming and possible development of further understanding.
Intended learning outcomes Following the course, participants will be able to:
- develop in-depth knowledge on the development of the discipline of occupational science, with focus on the development of ideas, positioning in the knowledge society and epistemological base,
- reflect on conceptual questions within occupational science and its relation to other health-related concepts, including relationship to clinical- or research practice,
- apply an occupational perspective on a research question or a research area on individual, contextual and societal level and discuss similarities and differences to other perspectives.
- reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a fellow students application of an occupational perspective
Contents of the course The content of the course regards discussions about the historical roots of the ideas of occupational science and the discipline in relation to the professional application in occupational therapy. Contemporary discussions about central concepts and focuses on individual and societal level will be reviewed in the course. Connecting own research to areas and concepts within the occupational perspective will be central in the course
Teaching and learning activities The course is a part-time distance course that uses streamed lectures to introduce the course and each of the learning outcomes. This is combined with on-line discussions and 3 group-based on-line seminars that students prepare beforehand and discuss aspects and problem in relation to each of the learning outcomes. The final examination seminar presents and discusses individual papers focusing on application of OS to a research question. Respondent and opponent-roles will be used.
Compulsory elements All lectures are compulsory as well as the group-based and the individual based seminar. Absence will be compensated with an individual discussion paper about the topic that has been missed.
Examination The examination will be based on the following:
- participating in seminar with reflections on the development of ideas in relation to own experience clinically and or in research including comments on others in the seminar,
- participating in seminar with reflections on a central concept in the discipline including comments on others in the seminar,
- a written assignment of 4-6 pages in which the student by using relevant concepts should apply an occupational perspective on a research question or a research area on individual, contextual and societal level.
- an oral presentation of the assignment and performance in the role of opponent reflecting on a fellow students paper.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:

Christiansen, C. & Townsend, E.A. (2014). Introduction to occupation : the art and science of living : new multidisciplinary perspectives for understanding human occupation as a central feature of individual experience and social organization. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.:Pearson Health Science, 434 s.

Frank, G. (2012). The 2010 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science:
Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science/Occupational Justice: Moral Commitments and Global Assemblages. Journal of Occupational Science, 19, (1), 25-35.

Hammell, K. W. (2009). Sacred texts: a sceptical exploration of the
assumptions underpinning theories of occupation. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (1), 6-13.

Hammell, K. W. (2009). Self-care, productivity, and leisure, or dimensions of occupational experience? Rethinking occupational ¿categories¿.Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (2), 102-114.

Jonsson, H. (2008). A New Direction in the Conceptualization and Categorization of Occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 15 (1), 3-8.

Kielhofner, Gary : Conceptual foundations of occupational therapy. 4. ed. Philadelphia, Pa. : F. A. Davis, 2009 - xv, 284 s.

Njelesani, J., Tang, A., Jonsson, H., & Polatajko, H. (2014). Occupational Terminology: An Occupational Perspective. Journal of Occupational Science, 21 (2).

Pierce, D. (2012). Promise. Journal of Occupational Science, 19:4, 298-311.

Rudman, D.L., Dennhardt, S., Fok, D., Huot, S., Molke, D., Park, A. & Zur, B. (2008). A vision for occupational science: Reflecting on our disciplinary culture, Journal of Occupational Science, 15:3, 136-146.
Number of students 8 - 14
Selection of students Selection of students will be made from a short motivation letter on how this course is planned to support the specific research-project of the students.
More information The course is an online course (starting September 30) with no physical meetings. Webb-based examination seminars is planned November 21 and November 22 (students choice of one date).
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Course responsible Hans Jonsson
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

Division of Occupational Therapy
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