Invitation to Ph.D. course (5 ECTS) Professional Caring in the intersection between system and lifeworld

An elective research course in the research training programme at the Ph.D. programme at Molde and Volda University college. The course will be taught in English and Norwegian at Molde University College.

Entry requirements

Master’s degree (or the equivalent). Participants enrolled as a Ph.D. student at HiM, HVO, MIUN or a relevant Ph.D. programme have priority.


Caring in the health social services is performed in close relationships between the patients/users and the health professionals. The frames of professional caring are likewise usually public institutions, where the systems’ goal-rationality prevails, which can contribute to a caring crisis. Inside definite frames, such a crisis can be understood as the system’s colonization of the life-world. The focus is on research and theory that might shed light on caring both at the system and individual level. In this way, the course will ensure both a macro and micro perspective on caring.

How the caring services are modeled at the system or societal level, constitute the frames of caring in the communication between the individual professional and user, often characterized by the term caring relationships. Different ideologies and values form the basis for caring relationships. The health and social professions can place emphasis on different caring values, which vary according to their professional background, e.g., feminist, humanistic, health and social professional perspectives. Tensions can appear both between the diverse professions and between superior ideologies in the society/values and professional values (rationality of caring versus instrumental rationality).

In this course, the diversity of caring ideologies and theories will be the focus at both the professional level and that of the society. Research on professional caring will be illuminated and criticized.

Learning outcomes

It is expected that this topic shall make the candidates capable of understanding the foundations for professional caring in the intersection between system and lifeworld. Further, the candidates shall have insight into the mechanisms caused by the structural conditions and moral caring practice.


Individual assignment, Marks: Pass/Failed


Ph.d-students admitted to the Ph.D.-programme in Health and Social Sciences: studentweb. Others: søknadsweb

See invitation here.