OT0607 - Occupation and Communities

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to explore the use of occupation to develop and promote health and wellbeing in groups and communities. An inclusive approach will be taken in considering the needs of the general community including all age groups, those affected by physical or psychological difficulties and those coping with challenging social and environmental factors. The module will also enable you to relate to your previous practice based learning, for example, on occupational performance, the impact of the environment on occupation (and vice versa) and processes of group working. You will be engaging with concepts from occupational science such as occupational imbalance, deprivation, alienation and justice, broadening your understanding through the application of theoretical frameworks. Philosophies of care, approaches, models and techniques employed by occupational therapists when promoting the use of occupation will be explored, and you will have the opportunity to critically analyse the effectiveness of occupationally focussed interventions in relation to people and the environment.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures on key concepts will provide the foundation for you to consolidate your understanding of the main module themes. A key strategy for learning on this module will be via an enquiry based approach which will allow you to select your own focus of interest and pursue new knowledge and understanding through developing a personal action plan for achieving learning objectives.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

How will I be supported academically on this module? (SRS 0003) Please provide a brief overview of the academic support available to students, including any support that may be accessed outside formal scheduled teaching. The identified module tutor, alongside the module teaching team, will structure face-to-face and on-line learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module handbook, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your academic development.

A formative assessment opportunity with staff and/or peer feedback will assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be an integral part of the module.
The summative assessment will be a 2500 word report highlighting the occupational issues affecting a chosen community with recommendations for therapeutic intervention.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically discuss the impact of social and environmental factors affecting the health and wellbeing of groups and communities
2. Critically debate occupational science concepts in relation to health and wellbeing for groups and communities
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critically appraise the evidence base for developing health and wellbeing through community occupation.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Engage in, and critically reflect upon, collaborative working with others
5. Critically reflect upon the cultural differences when considering group and community needs.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Students will present progress made at midpoint in relation to achieving personal action plan in order to engage in self and peer assessment.

Summative assessment
Completion of a 2500 word report which highlights the occupational issues for an identified community and includes recommendations for the development of therapeutic occupation (All MLO’s)

*Students will be given clear guidance on confidentiality and anonymity.

You will receive written feedback summarising strengths and areas for development from your summative assessment.


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Module abstract

The potential for occupational science and occupational therapy to make a contribution to community and population health is receiving increasing focus and leading to exciting new developments within the profession. This module will draw on previous university and placement learning to promote detailed consideration of how occupationally-focussed reasoning and practice can contribute to the health and wellbeing of groups and communities. Real life examples and case studies, and examples from your own communities will be used to explore models, approaches, policy and guidance. Through this, an in-depth understanding of community health and wellbeing from an occupational perspective will be developed.

The assessment for the module is the submission of a written report, engaging in critical discussion of the occupational issues and needs for an identified community. Submitting reports for a wide range of audiences (for example commissioners or funding bodies) is an important part of contemporary practice and therefore this module, and the module assessment will help you to develop this important skills for future employability.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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