Physiotherapy: Subject, Profession and Movement 7.5 credits

Fysioterapi: Ämne, profession och rörelse
First cycle, S0101H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Dean of Department of Health Science 21 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Dean of Department of Health Science 21 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
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
After having completed the course the student will be able to:
  1. Describe key models for physiotherapy, health and rehabilitation, as well as explain fundamental concepts related to physiotherapy.
  2. Describe the conditions for professional practice within different areas of activity in the basis of legislation and in collaboration with other professions.
  3. Understand and describe the physiotherapeutic professional role on the basis of male and female conditions and presumptions.
  4. Discuss ethical issues relevant to physiotherapy on the basis of theories of ethics, the Patient Act and ethical rules for physiotherapists.
  5. Explain and apply theories and concepts of motor control and learning and be able to explain human motor development.
  6. Analyse the requirements for postural control in given situations.

Physiotherapy, professional role and fundamental concepts.

•   Description of physiotherapy as a subject, science and profession
•   Gender equality: fundamental concepts and relation to the professional role
•   Theories and models of physiotherapy, health and rehabilitation

•   Cross-disciplinary collaboration
•   Professional responsibility of the physiotherapist under the Health and Medical Services Act, the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act, the Patient Safety Act


•   Theories of ethics and key ethical concepts
•   Ethical rules for physiotherapists
•   The Patient Act

Motor development, motor control and motor learning.

•   Human motor development
•   Key theories and concepts of motor control
•   Principles of motor learning

For all course components, teaching takes place in the form of lectures, literature studies, seminars and through the execution of study assignments. Active knowledge seeking and acquisition by the students is required. A critically reflective attitude is required for all components. In the Professional role of the physiotherapist component, there is a two-day field study involving observation and interview with a physiotherapist in their professional practice. The field study observation is related to the theoretical aspects of the professional role and professional practice and is documented in a written reflection. The collaboration between the physiotherapist and other professional groups is also studied in relation to legislation and will be discussed in a compulsory seminar. Scientific concepts of physiotherapy will be discussed at a compulsory seminar. Ethical issues will be discussed and analysed in seminars on the Ethics component. The Motor development, motor control and learning component is integrated with the teaching of theory, with the practical application of theoretical reasoning and analyses. There will also be a group assignment carried out based on studies of human motor control with a focus on postural control and learning. The group project will be presented and discussed in a group based on different criteria in a compulsory seminar.

•   Learning outcomes 1-3 will be examined through an assignment submission and seminars  
•   Learning outcome 4 will be examined in a written examination.
•   Learning outcomes 5-6 will be examined through an assignment submission, seminars and a written examination.

Grading criteria for a Pass and Pass (with distinction) are specified in the study guide.  

The course is a first cycle course. The study guide is available in the course room in Canvas.

A Pass grade for this course constitutes a special entry requirement for placement courses and thesis.

Transition terms

The course is equivalent to S0083H

Irene Vikman

Transition terms
The course S0101H is equal to S0083H

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
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.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Ethics, Written ExaminationU G VG1.50MandatoryA20
0002Motor DevelopmentU G VG4.00MandatoryA20
0003Professional role and scientific concepts assignm, seminarsU G#2.00MandatoryA20