Occupational Science in National and International Contexts

Course code OCCT4171
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


The course examines the relationship of occupation, health and wellbeing, from a national and international perspective. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the adequacy of the predominantly "Western" approach found in much occupational science literature when considering the relationship between these three concepts. They will evaluate the adequacy of this approach when describing the links between occupation, health, and well-being for culturally diverse communities both in Australia and throughout the world.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the cultural, political, economic, technological, social and environmental factors that influence the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing for individuals, communities and populations nationally and internationally

2. Evaluate the application of occupational science to occupational therapy in Australia and throughout the world

3. Examine your perception of health and occupation as a point of reference in working with others

4. Demonstrate preparedness for contextually-relevant, occupation-centred practice with diverse persons and populations


Topics include:

  1. Occupational Science
  2. Occupational Justice
  3. Occupational Therapy
  4. Participation
  5. Global Health
  6. Cultural Responsibility
  7. Evidence-based Practice
  8. Indigenous Community Engagement
  9. Occupational Therapy Without Borders
  10. Examples from contemporary and/or local occupational therapy practice


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of STAT1070 and HLSC4120

Assumed Knowledge

This course requires successful completion of the prior 3 years of study in all occupational therapy courses.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Case & Reading Analysis

Presentation: Mock Service Project Presentation

In Term Test: Final Examintation

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Lecture for 2 Hours per Week for 4 Weeks in Weeks 10 -13.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 21 hour(s) per Term

Online & Self-directed learning for 1 hour per week in Weeks 1-9 and a minimum of 3 hours per week in Weeks 10 -13.


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Workshop for 7 Hours per Week for 4 Weeks in Weeks 10 -13.