Occupational Science in International Contexts

Course code OCCT4210Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course will consolidate learning about the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing. These concepts have been closely examined throughout the OT program in occupational science courses. This course will further address the relationship of occupation, health and wellbeing, from an international perspective. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the adequacy of the predominantly Western approach found in the 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 wellbeing for culturally diverse communities throughout the world.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon completion of OCCT 4210 students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate attributes outlined in the program accreditation documentation and the Occupational Therapy graduate profile, specifically:
" Be effective problem solvers, capable of applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems.
" Be able to work both autonomously and collaboratively as professionals.
" Demonstrate an international perspective in their approach to professional practice.
" Be able to work effectively in multi-professional, culturally diverse, rural or urban contexts.
2. Explore and identify international, cultural, political, economic, technological, social and environmental factors that affect the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing for different populations / individuals.
3. Engage in and gain skills in the creative process through the production of a creative piece of work that:
a. communicates (visually) the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing in a specific international context,
b. requires the application of a variety of creative media, and
c. that can be explained in a written abstract to an objective observer.
4. Experiment with creative media.
5. Identify the impact that the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing has on occupational therapy practice, both locally and in international settings.
6. Evaluate their own learning styles and the impact that style has on their participation in the creative process.
7. Reflect upon:
a. their choice of the particular occupation / occupational issues and context, the reasons for the choice and the prevalence of the occupation / issues and impact of the particular context upon the relationship between occupation, health & wellbeing.
b. their learning about the concepts of occupation, health and wellbeing.
c. their learning about the creative process, how the creative process contributed to the communication of their chosen occupation and the related issues.
d. the effect of the creative process on them as occupational beings.
e. the application of their learning to their practice of Occupational Therapy.
f. their learning about working with a different personality type.
8. Work co-operatively and effectively in small groups.
Content1. A compulsory two-day workshop that examines examples of occupation, health and wellbeing from an international perspective and that explores the creative process.
2. Exploration of individual learning styles to support the creative process.
3. Selection of an occupation or occupational issues, research that occupation / issue and the factors affecting it.
4. The creative process that leads to the development of an artwork to communicate the chosen occupation / occupational issues.
5. Reflection of all major aspects contributing to the process.
6. An exhibition of all creative works.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing 10 units of OCCT4200: OT Theory & Practice 4B 40 units (Pass Degree), and 10 units of OCCT 4400: OT Honours B 40 units (Honours Degree)
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSatisfactory completion of all courses in the previous 3 years of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, and OCCT1210, 2210
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment - Reflective report - individual (1500 words) -related to objectives 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8.
Other: (please specify)Creative work and abstract (paired) - related to objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
Other: (please specify)Attendance at compulsory two-day workshop - related to objectives 1, 2, 5, 7 & 8.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Workshop: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
Compulsory Program ComponentOCCT1210 and OCCT2210