Course code FHV300

FHV300 Occupational Science - Health Promoting Activities

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Course responsible: Ruth Kjærsti Raanaas
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, June block.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is based on theories and concepts from Occupational Science. Occupation or Activity is understood here in an everyday and life cycle perspective, and includes what people are engaged in, whether this is physical, social or cultural activity, work or leisure, organized or non-organized activity. Emphasis is placed on understanding what creates engagement and participation. The basics of occupational science are to explore how participation in activity relates to the situation or context in which the activity takes place. Knowledge of why and how engagement and participation in activity occurs is then used to better understand how to promote the health and well-being of peoples. Emphasis is placed on various forms of barriers or challenges that can prevent different groups from engaging in meaningful activity, such as cultural, social and structural factors. Key terms and concepts are such as meaning, engagement, participation, belonging, identity, occupational balance, occupational justice, occupational possibilities, occupational deprivation, marginalization,
Learning outcome:

Following the graduation the student will:


- Have knowledge about the phenomenon of activity (occupation) according to an occupational science perspective

- Have advanced knowledge about the relationship between activity and health

- Have knowledge about the significance of individual, social and cultural factors for participation in activity

- Have knowledge about the relationship between human activity and the environment


- Be able to acquire new knowledge in the relevant field

- Be able to communicate key issues in the subject area using relevant terminology

- Be able to use the subject area in the development of practice

- Be able to contribute to innovative processes within public health work 

General competence

- understand and apply knowledge of health-promoting activity and challenges related to activity/ occupations, both at the individual and system level

- understand and apply knowledge of ethical issues and rights for health-promoting activities both locally and globally

- can analyze, develop and disseminate knowledge about health-promoting activity

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars, e-learing (Canvas) and self study will support the work with an individual semester assignment. Student skills are assessed through the semester assignment.
Teaching support:
Teachers are available at the workshops and through Canvas.
Scientific articles and books. An overview of literature will be available upon the start of the course.
Recommended prerequisites:
  • FHV330
  • FHV315
Mandatory activity:
Semester assignment including oral presentation. Report on topic and progress of the written examination assignment, including group supervision and oral presentation.
Individual examination assignment counts 100%.
Nominal workload:
Totally 300 hours. Workshops: 30 h * 2 weeks = 60 hours. Preparation and following up work of the workshops including e-learning and self study: 110 hours. Semester assignment: 130 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The course is based on intensive workshops. Approx. 2 weeks full time (lectures and seminars).
An external examiner approves the evaluation method, in this case the text for the individual assignment. The external examiner should participate in evaluating the semester assignments.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F