MARE520 Rehabilitation: Theoretical Foundation
Course description for academic year 2022/2023
Contents and structure
This course reviews the unmet rehabilitation needs around the world, in particular in low-income and middle-income countries, will be explored using relevant WHO policy documents. This implies also comparison of various rehabilitation systems and services globally. The concepts and application of rehabilitation from several theoretical perspectives will be scrutinised, for instance the various definitions of rehabilitation and the ways it has been described, understood and practiced. The concepts of disability and normality and models of disablement will be highlighted and critically appraised. So will also the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The stages of the rehabilitation process, with a special emphasis on the goal setting stage, will be on the agenda. In this course there will be focus on measurement in rehabilitation. The advantages and challenges of interprofessional collaboration in rehabilitation will be highlighted. Reablement (or restorative care) is a relatively new form of rehabilitation, which will be explored. Finally, this course offers some reasons why we need to rethink rehabilitation`s assumptions and practices and outlines some ideas of how rehabilitation practices might be made more useful and relevant.
A student who has completed the course will achieve the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:
Knowledge: The student...
- can strategically analyse 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 analyse 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.
Skills: The student...
- can analyse critically how biomedical, psychological, and sociological perspectives reflect rehabilitation within the global context.
- can analyse, 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.
Recommended previous knowledge
- Synchronous sessions
- Asynchronous learning activities
- Individual and teamwork
- Supervision and feedback
- Assigned reading
Compulsory learning activities
The course requirements must be approved in order to take the exam.
- Individual essay (400 words)
- Initiate one posting to all online discussions, and reply to two fellow students' postings in online discussions
- Write an initial plan for the term paper (200 - 250 words)
Approved 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
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