HFYS3005 - Body, Movement and Culture


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 60/100 4 hours
Approved report 40/100

Course content

This course studies the body and movement in contemporary cultural and social context. The subject draws mainly on topics from sociology of health and illness and from sociology of the body. Examples of themes are bodily experiences and relationalities, the social orderings of bodies, and conceptualizations of movement. A team based fieldwork assignment is central in the subject.

Learning outcome


The student shall know and recognize: 

  • how cultural and social norms and values influence bodily experiences and body relations, movement patterns and habitus.
  • how social development and changes influence and contribute to new areas of knowledge in physiotherapy practice, and how these are incorporated into physiotherapy practice.
  • how to apply ethonographic research methods to acquire new knowledge about the body and movement.


The student shall be able to:

  • apply theories about the body and movement in its contemporary cultural and social context into practical physiotherapy reasoning.
  • implement relevant elements of ethnographic research observation and interview into practical physiotherapy reasoning.
  • apply emerging perspectives from relevant social sciences into practical physiotherapy reasoning.

General competence:

The student shall be competent in:

  • recognizing relationships between social and cultural influences and body expressions and movement patterns.
  • facilitating an open communication reflecting on everyday social life, and its influence on the body and movement.
  • recognizing when and how knowledge from the social sciences are adequate in practical physiotherapy reasoning.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, reflective group discussions, workshops, teamwork assignments, supervision, fieldwork, self-study

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory attendance 80 %
  • Compulsory assignment

Further on evaluation


The exam consists of two parts:

  • Individual 4 hour written school exam, with only ordinary norwegian-english dictionary as an allowed examination support material. This part of the examination counts for 60 % of the grade.
  • Written field report, which is a group work. The report has to be written according to given guidelines. This part of the examination counts for 40 % of the grade.

Postponed exam will be arranged for students who have failed or have legitimate absence. It is possible to appeal about a grade for each partial examination.

Compulsory assignment

This course`s compulsory assignment is arranged as teamwork assignments and consist of three (3) parts:

  1. Preparation of the fieldwork
  2. Performing the fieldwork
  3. Oral presentation of the fieldwork.

Detailed guidelines and schedule for the compulsory assignment will be provided. All parts of the compulsory assignment have to be approved in order to take the exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Physiotherapy Programme (HSGFTB)

Required previous knowledge

This course is submitted to admission requirements. Attendance is restricted to graduate students at the BA program in physiotherapy at NTNU, and to graduate students at cooperative physiotherapy educations. The required prerequisite knowledge is passed HFYS2001, HFYS2002 and HFYS2005.

Course materials

Curriculum will be available approximately three weeks before the course starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFYS3001 10.0 AUTUMN 2017
FYST2203 2.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: A
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physiotherapy
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 40/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Approved report 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn UTS Home examination 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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