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Occupational Therapy: A social perspective 7.5 credits

Arbetsterapi: Ett samhällsperspektiv
First cycle, A0040H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 4 - 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 and Knowledge of the theoretical basis of occupational therapy and the areas of responsibility and activity of the profession. Ability to collect information about and describe clients and their occupational profiles. Skills in intervention directed towards personal activities. Knowledge of and ability to review scientific studies critically and collect data. A0016H Occupational Therapy: Occupation for health and well-being, 15 credits A0034H Occupational Therapy: Therapeutic strategies, 15 credits A0032H Occupational Therapy: Interventions for occupation and participation I, 15 credits A0021H Psychology in position to Occupational Therapy 7.5 credits A0027H Occupational Therapy: Pedagogic and supervision in the profession 7.5 credits M0031H Medical sciende Anatomy and Physiology in position to Occupational Therapy, 15 credits M0037H Medical Science Pathophysiology I in position to occupational therapy, 7,5 credits M0038H Medical Science Pathophysiology II in position to occupational therapy, 7,5 credits

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
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:
  • identify and analyse the activity of people and activity patterns in relation to intersectionality with focus on age, equality, gender, cultural conditions, ethnicity and societal changes from a national and international perspective
  • describe and explain how occupational therapy activities are structured from an organizational and administrative view
  • act proactively and argue for occupational justice for different groups in society and give proposals for health promotion approaches
  • from a creative and entrepreneurial approach identify challenges and develop an idea for a product or service that strengthens people's activity and participation possibilities 

The course gives both a refinement and broadening of previous knowledge and skills in how social structures and intersectional aspects influence the opportunity of activity and participation for people. The course includes knowledge on how occupational therapy can be organized in different work areas. The course will also  provide the student with knowledge and skills in how to argue and act proactively concerning occupational therapy  in new arenas embracing a creative and entrepreneurial  approach.
  • The effect of social structures on activity and participation for individuals with disabilities
  • Disability policy
  • Intersectionality from an activity and participation perspective
  • Occupational therapy in public health
  • Entrepreneurial approach and entrepreneurship
  • Organisation theoretical perspectives

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 most 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 studying literature, group exercises, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. Course requirements are completed study assignments as well as compulsory attendance and an active participation in discussions at seminars.

To pass the course, it is required that the student achieves the course objectives through the following examination sections:
  •  objectives one to three are examined through written assignments and seminars
  •  objective four are examined through written assignment and oral presentation

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.

Alexandra Olofsson

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 4 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Giddens, A. & Sutton, P. W. (2014). Sociologi. 5th ed. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Jacobson, D. (2019). Juridik för legitimerade arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Förbundet Sveriges Arbetsterapeuters publikationer.

Articles, reports and legal texts to be added.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003The effect of different factors on activity - participationU G VG *4.00MandatoryA10
0004Occupational therapy organisation and primary health careU G#2.50MandatoryA10
0005EntrepreneurshipU G#1.00MandatoryA10

Syllabus established
by Department of Health Sciences 01 Dec 2009

Last revised
by Dean of Department of Health Sciences 14 Jan 2020