This course shall provide knowledge about health promotion, co-creation, and social innovation, as well as health psychology and coping with stress. The course is designed to provide knowledge about the importance of participation and influence from individuals and communities in respect of health. It will look more deeply at co-creation and social innovation as perspectives and strategies for service development and integration, health promotion, and public health. It will address knowledge about how health processes can influence people’s lives. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of health literacy, to have control and to cope with circumstances that affect our health.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
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Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills, and competencies.
possess a thorough knowledge of the basic theories and strategies relating to health promotionpossess a thorough knowledge of theoretical perspectives and approaches for co-creation and social innovationpossess a thorough knowledge of the various traditions and key aspects which apply to stress and coping with stressful life situations
analyse and discuss the connections between health promotion, co-creation, and social innovationanalyse and discuss the connections between health and different ways of coping with stress and stressful life situationsidentify the need for research and service development in areas relating to health promotion, co-creation, and social innovation
apply relevant knowledge and skills on health promotion, co-creation and social innovation in the health and welfare servicescommunicate and discuss current issues relating to health promotion, co-creation and social innovation
The contents of this course are based on theories, perspective and empirical research on health promotion, co- creation, social innovation, stress and coping. It will address knowledge on how co-creation and social innovation can help contribute towards service development and integration, health promotion, and public health. The course will provide in-depth knowledge about health processes that could impact people’s lives, as well as the impact that various ways of coping with stress can have on our health. Emphasis will be placed on approaches, methods and strategies for participation and coping. The curriculum consists of approx. 800 pages.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
A - F
Students shall individually write a 3,000-word paper (+/- 10%) based on a given text. The exam will be organised as a home exam.
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Method of work
The course methods are lectures, group work and individual work on campus and/or digitally. Student-active methodology and dialogue between students and teachers are key components of the course teaching methods .
All students at the Master’s programme of Health Sciences.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree in health and social sciences can apply for the course
The course will comply with the student evaluation procedures established by the UiS.
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