PAH3006 - Occupational Science and Participation in Everyday Activities


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 5 days

Course content

The focus in this course is on theoretical discussions, concepts and methodology in Occupational Science. Key concepts in Occupational Science, including human activity, human occupation and participation are discussed in a contextual manner. These tools are actively used to analyze and reflect upon the contextual nature of participation, and develop approaches sensible to the person`s life world, everyday reality, role repertoire, and habitus. In this course, we also explore and describe how participation in occupation may have an impact on how we approach well-being, lifespan development, social relations, as well as health promotion across the life span and public policies.

Learning outcome


The candidate

- has comprehensive knowledge about Occupational Science of Human Occupation, in terms of ontology, epistemology, key theoretical discussions, concepts and methodology

- has knowledge about, and understanding of differences between various perspectives on participation in everyday life occupations

- has knowledge about how human occupation can be analyzed and contextualized in everyday activities

- has in-depth knowledge about how participation in every-day life affects health and vice versa

- has in depth knowledge of both facilitators and barriers for participation in every-day life for individuals and groups


The candidate

- can describe and reflect on epistemology, ontology and ethics of Occupational Science

- can describe and reflect upon multiple methodological approaches to occupation and participation in everyday activities

- can describe and critically reflect upon the complex interplay between personal and contextual matters influencing performance and participation in every-day occupations

- can articulate opportunities and challenges in multidisciplinary assessments of participation in occupations

- can explore and describe mutual influences between participation in occupation, health, well-being, lifespan development, social relations and public policies

- can articulate how to promote health and wellness through occupation across the life span

General competence

The candidate

- can integrate theory and methodology based on Occupational Science of Human Occupation in research and development projects

- can apply Occupational Science in analyses of how human occupation can be analyzed and contextualized in everyday activities

- can critically reflect upon barriers and facilitators in order to assess participation in everyday life occupation

- can demonstrate critical awareness of ethical problems in research and interventions based on the people`s integrity and right to define their own way of living

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work, seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Individual presentation

Further on evaluation

Home examination (3 days). Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester.

Students must complete the compulsory activity of participating and presenting an individual presentation prior to sitting the examination. The compulsory activity is approved for 4 semesters. With approved compulsory activity, the students resit the home examination only.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Physical Activity and Health (MSPAHE)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the MSc in Physical Activity and Health. The course is compulsory for students admitted to the specialization in Occupational Science. It is optional for other students admitted to the master's programme. Exchange students may be accepted after an individual evaluation.

Course materials

Course literature will be presented at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





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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