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Occupational Therapy: Occupation for health and well-being 15 credits

Arbetsterapi: Aktivitet för hälsa och välbefinnande
First cycle, A0016H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Occupational Therapy
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study
Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 2a/2b/2c , General Science 2, Social Studies 1b/1a1 +1a2 (specifik entry A14). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics B, General Science B, Social Studies A (specifik entry 16)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
During the course, the student will develop basic knowledge about the profession and human activity and their importance for health. On completion of the course, the student should, based on current laws and regulations and with a scientific and ethical approach, based on the contents of the course, be able to:
  • describe and explain the philosophical basis of occupational therapy and its central concepts
  • describe the main tasks of the profession and the areas of responsibility within public and private activities, nationally and internationally
  • describe relevant regulations for the profession
  • be familiar with the responsibility of other professions within health care.
  • identify and describe the national public health and understand factors that influence the health state of groups as well as describe occupational therapy promotion in a chosen public health area
  • describe different activity models in occupational therapy
  • identify and describe activity patterns at different time points in the life cycle and explain how they are influenced by intersectionality with focus on age, equality, gender, cultural conditions and ethnicity
  • interpret activity patterns in order to identify factors that promote health and well-being
  • use interview methodology to collect and interpret data with qualitative methods
  • show self-knowledge and empathetic ability through reflection on his/her learning and knowledge development

The course contains basic knowledge about the profession and about health promotion, rehabilitation in health care and the private sector. The course also contains basic knowledge about occupation and how they can be organised to promote health and well-being for individuals and different groups in society. The course should also develop skills in project methodology and in a scientific working method.
  • Organisation and legislation in health care and social services
  • The development and activities of the profession
  • The philosophic basis of occupational therapy and its central concepts
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health and health-related concepts
  • Activity models
  • Scientific methodology

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is in a distance learning format and is mainly web-based. Computer experience and access to an Internet connection equivalent to at least ADSL with headset and web camera are required for the studies. Parts of the course are located on campus where practical exercises, seminars and examinations take place. In order to complete the course, the student should actively seek knowledge and solve problems using an inquiring and critically reflective approach. This means that the student should take responsibility by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through the planning of content and time. The contents of the course are delivered through literature studies, group exercises, field studies, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. Course requirements are completed study assignments, compulsory attendance and an active participation in discussions at seminars, and compulsory attendance at practical exercises.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
To pass the course, it is required that the student achieves the course objectives by the following examination sections:
  • Objectives one to four are examined by written assignment and oral presentations in groups
  • Objective one is also examined with an individual written examination.
  • Objective five to nine is examined by the students writing a scientific report in groups and oral presentation at a seminar.
  • Objectives five to nine are also examined through an individual written report and oral presentations at seminars
  • Objective ten is examined throughout the course by the student planning his/her learning process and skills portfolio and evaluating his/her own and others' working methods.
Grading criteria for Pass and Pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

This is a first-cycle course. Passing this course fulfils specific entry requirements for fieldwork placement courses. Study guide is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Transition terms
This course replaces HAT001 and HAT004.

Cecilia Björklund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bergman, M. & Israelsson B-M. (2020). Att studera på högskolan – studieteknik och motivation på vägen. Lund: Studentlitteratur
Duncan, E.A.S. (red.) (2020). Foundations for practice in occupational therapy. (6. ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Erlandsson, L. & Persson, D. (2020). ValMo-modellen: Arbetsterapi för hälsa genom görande. (2. uppl.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Jacobson, D. (2019). Juridik för legitimerade arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Förbundet Sveriges Arbetsterapeuters publikationer.
Lexell, J. & Rivano Fischer, M. (2017). Rehabiliteringsmetodik. Lund: Studentlitteratur. Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter. (2018). Etisk kod för arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter.
Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter. (2018). Kompetensbeskrivningar för Arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter.
Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter. (2019). Pionjärerna. Nacka: Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter.
Taylor, R. (2017). Kielhofner´s Model of Human Occupation. Theory and Application (5th ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.
Olsson, H. & Sörensen, S. (2021). Forskningsprocessen – kvalitativa och kvantitativa perspektiv. Stockholm: Liber AB.

Articles and reports will be added.

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Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0012Domain and tasks of the professionU G#4.50MandatoryA15
0013Philosophy and central concepts in occupational therapyU G VG *3.00MandatoryA15
0014Occupation and healthU G#3.00MandatoryA15
0015Value and meaning of occupation through the lifespanU G VG *4.50MandatoryA15

Syllabus established
by 15 May 2007

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 08 Jun 2021