Occupational therapy in society
Study plans 2016-2017 - ERG3031 - 15 ECTS


  • ERG1031 Introduction to universal design and welfare technology
  • ERG2001 Psychosocial and somatic disabilities Part 1

Expected learning outcomes

The aim of the course is for the student to acquire insight into occupational therapy as an international profession, and into the role of occupational therapy in society. About changes in the health challenges with an increased number of lifestyle illnesses that has influenced how the society must plan in order to encounter new and different demands for health measures to be implemented. Studies in lifestyle change and health education linked to the municipal social services and the daily life rehabilitation are included in the course. Relevant research will be studied and reflected on.

Knowledge : The student will be able to:

  • Explain the role of occupational therapists in the field of the General state of health, health of the elderly and welfare
  • Explain the role of occupational therapists within the field of the health of children and during childhood
  • Explain the topic of the health of migrants and the contribution of occupational therapists to this field

Skills : The student will be able to:

  • Assess welfare technology, aids and the adaption of the surroundings in order to make it possible for the individual service user to live his/her daily life in one’s own home, at school, at work or during spare-time activities
  • Make use of problem solving work models

General competence : The student will be able to:

  • Be founded in knowledge-based practice (knowledge of service users, research and experience)
  • As a starting point, make use of cooperative-oriented practice


Occupational therapy, welfare, technology for the health service sector

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course uses PBL as a pedagogical method. In this course this means working in basic units in addition to lectures, seminars, project work and self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, see textarea
Written exam, 4 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • 4 hour written exam (counts for 50%)
  • Individual written assignment being written during the course will be handed in and presented orally at a seminar. Assessment on the basis of an overall assessment of both the written and the oral work (counts for 50% of the course)
  • Both parts must be awarded a passing grade in order to pass the course.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examiners

Re-sit examination

Re-sit exam for the written exam and for the project work will be conducted according to exam procedures for Bachelor in occupational therapy to be found on the home pages of the university college.

Examination support

None (during the written exam)

Coursework Requirements

  • Approved obligatory attendance during the course. Obligatory attendance is described in detail in the curriculum and in the course schedules.
  • Act as a professional opponent during the exam presentations and for tasks by the fellow students.

Teaching Materials

Bachelor in Occupational Therapy has resource literature. An overview of updated resource literature can be found on the homepages of the university college.

Additional information

Autumn fith semester allows for internationalization. Students can apply for exchange studies during the 5. Term and we accept students from abroad. Arrangements will be made so that students can do parts of their programme abroad, and we will also allow for incoming students from our partner universities. All parts of this course will be taught in English in consideration of incoming students when this is the case. In order to be eligible for exchange programmes, departing students from Norway must have been awarded a passing grade for all exams and for internal tests during the programme.