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Physiotherapy: Subject, Profession and Movement 7.5 credits

Fysioterapi: Ämne, profession och rörelse
First cycle, S0083H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

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 Sport and Health 1, Mathematics 2a/2b/2c , General Science 2, Social Studies 1b/1a1+1a2 (specifik entry A15). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Sport and health A, Mathematics B, General Science B, Social Studies A (specifik entry 17)

More information about English language requirements


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

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  1. Describe central models of physiotherapy, health and rehabilitation and account for basic scientific concepts in relation to physiotherapy.
  2. Describe the history of physiotherapy and the professional role.
  3. Describe the conditions for the profession to practice within different areas of activity with regard to legislation and with regard to cooperation with related professions.
  4. Discuss ethical issues with relevance for physiotherapy based on ethical theories, the Patient Act, and ethical rules for physiotherapists.
  5. Discuss and apply theories and concepts about motor control and motor learning and be able to describe human motor development.
  6. Analyze the requirements of postural control in given situations. 

    Physiotherapy, professional role and basic concepts
    • Description of physiotherapy as a subject, a research field, and a profession
    • Theories and models of physiotherapy, health, and rehabilitation
    • Cross-professional cooperation
    • The physiotherapist's professional duties according to the Health and Medical Services Act, the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act, the Patient Safety Act and professional status qualification


    • Ethical theories and central ethical concepts
    • Discussion of ethical issues.
    • The Patient Act

    Motor development, motor control, and motor learning 

    • Human motor development.
    • Central theories and concepts in motor control.
    • Principles of motor learning.

    In all components, instruction is given in the form of lectures, literature studies, seminars, and implementation of study assignments. The student's own active knowledge acquisition is assumed. In all parts, a critically reflective attitude is expected. In the part of the course on the physiotherapist's professional role, the students go on a two-day-long field study that involves observation and an interview with a physiotherapist in his/her professional role. The field study observation is related to the theoretical aspects of the professional’s role and professional practice and is documented in a written reflective essay. Further, the physiotherapist's cooperation with other professional groups is studied and is discussed at a compulsory seminar. Scientific concepts in Physiotherapy are discussed at a compulsory seminar. In the Ethics component, ethical issues are discussed and analyzed in group discussions and in seminars. In the Motor development component, theoretical teaching of motor control and learning is integrated with the practical application of theoretical arguments and analyses. Further, a group assignment based on studies of human motor control with a focus on postural control and learning is carried out. The group assignment is presented and discussed with regard to different criteria at a compulsory seminar.

    • Learning outcomes 1-3 are examined through a written assignment and seminars.
    • Learning outcome 4 is examined through a written examination.
    • Learning outcomes 5-6 are examined through a written assignment, seminar and a written examination.

    Criteria for grades are stated in the study guide.

    This is a first-cycle course. A study guide can be found in the virtual classroom in Canvas. A pass in this course is a prerequisite for clinical education courses and the thesis.

    Transition terms
    The course is equal to S0068H.

    Irene Vikman

    Transition terms
    The course S0083H is equal to S0068H

    Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1
    Collste, G. (2010). Inledning till etiken. (uppl 3). Lund: Studentlitteratur
    Faresjö T & Åkerlind I (red). (2005). Kan man vara sjuk och ändå ha hälsan? Lund: Studentlitteratur. Kap 1-3, 9.
    Fysioterapeuterna, Broberg C. & Lenné R. (2017) Profession och vetenskap. Stockholm: Fysioterapeuterna.
    Olsson H. & Sörensen S. (2011) Forskningsprocessen, kvalitativa och kvantitativa perspektiv. Uppl 3. 2011. Stockholm: Liber.
    Shumway–Cook, A. & Woollacott, M. (2016). Motor Control – Translating Research into Clinical Practice, 5th ed. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

    Articles will be added.

    Available in full text
    Fysioterapeuterna, Broberg C. & Lenné R. (2017) Profession och vetenskap. Stockholm: Fysioterapeuterna.

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    Course offered by
    Department of Health Sciences

    CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
    0001Ethics, Written ExaminationU G VG *1.50MandatoryA14
    0003Motor DevelopmentU G VG *4.00MandatoryA14
    0004Professional role and scientific concepts assignm, seminarsU G#2.00MandatoryA18

    Syllabus established
    by 29 Jun 2014

    Last revised
    by Head of Deparment of Health Sciences 08 Feb 2019