Occupational Science in National and International Contexts

Course code OCCT4171Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be able to:
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
ContentTopics 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
Replacing Course(s)Not a replacement, modifying course OCCT4210 to second semester in fourth year.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course requires successful completion of the prior 3 years of study in all occupational therapy courses.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x Written analysis & reflection based on course content.
Examination: FormalAnalysis of content - Multiple Choice & Short Answer.
Other: (please specify)15 minute online survey.
Presentations - GroupApplication of course content via verbal/virtual output.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 7 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentThis course is available to Non-Graded Honours students only.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HLSC4120 and STAT1070.
Requisite by EnrolmentOnly available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) Program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT4171