Occupations, i.e., the meaningful things people do, are innately human and a determinant of health. In this course, students deeply explore the concepts and research associated with occupation, occupational science, occupational justice and occupational injustice as they relate to occupational therapy practice. Students critically analyse the structural and contextual influences on occupation, for populations of people in our "local" communities.
This course emphasizes population-based practice, advocacy as intervention, persuasive communication, innovation and leadership as essential to service delivery for today's occupational therapists.
Students engage in analytical, practical and reflective learning, to promote occupational justice in practice and our community.
- Semester 1 - 2022
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Appreciate the complex nature of occupation;
2. Differentiate between occupation, occupational science, occupational therapy, occupational justice and occupational injustice;
3. Envision making our community more occupationally just
4. Analyse how societal, structural and contextual factors and stakeholders influence occupation, identity, health and participation for our clients, i.e., populations or individuals.
5. Apply occupational justice, population-based practice, advocacy as intervention, persuasive communication, innovation and leadership to occupational therapy practice.
6. Communicate and collaborate effectively, in both oral and written form, independently and within pairs, using the appropriate conventions of the discipline.
- Occupational science
- Occupational Justice & Injustice
- Client as Individual, Organisation, Population
- WFOT Position Statement on Human Rights
- Participation in occupation
- Evidence-based practice
- Advocacy as intervention
- Communication & Diffusion of Innovation
- Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship
- 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 OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264 and HLSC4120.
Written Assignment: Analysis: Written Advocacy AiMMe Framework
Presentation: Application Presentation: Call to Action
In Term Test: In Class Test
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1
Please note: Lecture for 2 Hours per week. Weeks 1-10 and Week 12. .
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
1 hour per week for weeks 1 - 10, and week 12.
Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 3.5 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 11
3.5 hours in Week 11 only for Assessment
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1
1 hour per week for weeks 1 - 10 and week 12.
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