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MARE520 Rehabilitation: Theoretical Foundation

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Learning Outcome

A student who has completed the course will achieve the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:

The student...   

  • can strategically analyze different and emerging concepts of rehabilitation.
  • has advanced knowledge of concepts and theories related to description, classification, and understanding of function, participation, and health.
  • has advanced knowledge of function, disability, and rehabilitation historically, socially, and globally.
  • can analyze the International classification of function, disability, and health (ICF).
  • has advanced knowledge of the concepts of normality and disability.
  • has a thorough insight into the medical, social, and biopsychosocial disablement models.
  • has advanced knowledge about reablement.
  • has advanced knowledge of theories, models, and types of outcomes measures in rehabilitation.
  • has advanced knowledge person-centeredness and shared decision making.

The student...   

  • can analyze critically how biomedical, psychological, and sociological perspectives reflect rehabilitation within the global context.
  • can analyze, critically reflect on and apply the rehabilitation process (problem identification, needs assessment, goal setting, implementation, evaluation).
  • can acknowledge opportunities and challenges within the various types of interprofessional teamwork.
  • can conduct cross- and within-country analysis of rehabilitation services models.

General competence:  
The student...   

  • can communicate theoretical foundation, policy, and legal frameworks related to rehabilitation to various audiences.
  • can communicate to various audiences how structures, social relationships, and the resources and constraints of individuals globally.
  • can promote or inhibit the person's opportunities for function participation and health.
  • can critically communicate common assumptions within rehabilitation.
  • can meaningfully and thoughtfully contribute to discussions of existing theories and practice, and identify knowledge gaps and the need for new knowledge regarding rehabilitation.
  • can communicate the global needs for rehabilitation.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

  • Participation in scheduled synchronous sessions
  • Participation in asynchronous weekly discussions
  • Completion of all assigned readings
  • Individual and group work
  • Lectures
  • Supervision and feedback

Compulsory learning activities

The course requirements must be fulfilled in order to take the exam.

  1. Write an individual essay (400 words)
  2. Work in small groups to respond to the Hackathon project
  3. Initiate (min of 200 words) a posting in four online discussions, and reply (min of 50 words) to four fellow students' postings in online discussions
  4. Write an initial plan for the term paper (200-250 words)

Fulfilled course requirements are valid for four subsequent semesters. 


A written, individual term paper, 4000 words +/- 10%

Grading scale: 
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade on the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

New exam:
When the grade F (not passed) is given, the students can improve their term paper and hand it in for the new exam.

Examination support material

No limitations

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