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Department of Caring and Ethics

The department’s main objective is to develop and disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge of care and ethics, to assure high quality, sound practice and considerate help in health services.

The department contributes to educating reflected and highly qualified professional practitioners, and shall be an arena where questions and dilemmas relevant to care and ethics are explored and challenged. Our approach to these issues is based on the understanding that relating to people in vulnerable situations and their basic existential conditions is constitutive for professional practice.

We identify bases and terms for health and care work and understand these as connections between bodily, emotional and existential experiences and conditions in culture and society. We explore subjective experiences of health, illness and suffering in all phases of life, and emphasise dialogic meetings between patients, professionals and next of kin.

The department has competence spanning theoretical and clinical specialisation, interdisciplinary, critical and innovative approaches to care and ethics, and method development.