Occupational Therapy

Cultural Environment

Integrated course, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

The students
• learn to understand culture as a special characteristic of the social environment which can be seen as commonalities or differences in people’s lives and the extent and interaction of individual, cultural and global values within the individual..
• are made familiar with basic models for describing and comparing cultural values and behavioural patterns.
• are supported in creating awareness of their own culture and in developing respect for the cultures of others.
• are sensitised to potential intercultural misunderstandings between Central Europeans and other people living in Austria, analyse cultural incidents and apply the acquired knowledge to occupational therapy practice.
• experience and practise this content based on theoretical input, practical examples and self-experience.

Learning outcomes

In this module the students acquire basic professional methodical skills, enabling them to recognise and interpret the relationships between human action on the one hand and social and cultural factors on the other, to analyse their supporting or hindering influence on action competence and take this into account in the occupational therapy process. They learn about the effects of group dynamic processes through self-experience and learn to use them in daily therapy practice.

Cognitive level:
The students
• are made familiar with the social and cultural factors influencing human action.
• can analyse the supporting and hindering influences of different environments on their clients' action competence in all spheres of life, relate them to the clients' goals and take them into consideration in the occupational therapy process.
• understand themselves and their clients as social individuals involved in complex relationships and social/cultural environments and are familiar with sociological way of thinking. Culture is recognised as a specific characteristic of the environment which manifests itself in any human interaction.
• learn to understand characteristics of different social, religious and ethnic groups and reflect on their own behaviour.
• are familiar with key factors and characteristics of group processes, especially in group therapy settings.
• are aware of their own learning development and address their learning development as part of the portfolio and tutor discussions.

Psychomotor level:
The students
• analyse group situations from the perspective of participant and observer.
• examine and analyse institutional conditions, personal encounters and communicative situations typical of the health system in terms of potential intercultural problems.
• visualise their learning development and progress in the learning portfolio.
• have a discussion with their tutor in order to reflect on their experiences, set new goals and/or develop possible paths to goal achievement together with the tutor.

Affective level:
The students
• learn to accept social and cultural diversity in groups.
• experience themselves as individuals influenced by culture.
• experience and reflect on the mechanisms of cultural and social influences on occupation and value systems.
• experience themselves reflecting on their learning development and are able to reflect on their personal strengths and weaknesses with their tutors.
• experience themselves as part of a social group and analyse and reflect on their role in the group
• Contribution to the acquisition of competences according to FH-MTD-AV Annex 5, 8, and 9: FMK1-3, FMK6-7, FMK 14, SKS1-SKS5

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.levant syllabus

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules 1, 3-5, 9-10, 12-13, 15

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment/learning portfolio