Syllabus Rehabilitation Science MA, What is Fair? International Perspectives on Equality in Work and Health, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: RH025A
  • Subject/Main field: Rehabiliteringsvetenskap
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Health Sciences
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 12/5/2017
  • Date of change: 10/8/2018
  • Version valid from: 1/1/2019


The aim is to increase your knowledge about health equity within work and health from an international perspective. Throughout the course, we will reflect on and discuss what is fair in disability management (DM), occupational health and safety (OHS), and workplace health promotion (WHP).

Course objectives

The first learning objective is to increase your knowledge about
how work environment factors relate to health, and enable you
to identify, assess, and compare how the concepts of social
determinants of health, intersectionality, and equity relate to
health at work.

The second learning objective is to increase your understanding
of the key differences in comprehensive and cause-based
disability management systems, and will enable you to describe
and explain different systems, as well as identify, appraise, asses and compare prominent stakeholders within the systems
and how the systems relate to fairness and equity.

The third learning objective is to increase your knowledge and
understanding of how Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
systems contribute to decent work and health among
employees, as well as your understanding of the key differences
between these systems in different countries. This module will
enable you to increase your understanding of how
implementation of these systems relate to equity in work and
health thru identification, explanation and reflections about
OHS systems.

The fourth learning objective is to increase your understanding
of the key principles and core values in workplace health
promotion, as well as the differences in comprehensive and
"narrow" applications of WHP in different countries. You will
be able to describe and identify WHP as a process and outcome,
to enable analyses, discussions and reflections on how it relates
to fairness, equity, ethical and moral issues at work.


The course is divided into five modules, each module last for
two weeks. The modules cover (1) theories and concepts related
to the course content and learning objectives, (2) disability management, (3) occupational health and safety, (4) workplace
health promotion and (5) a final synthesis. Within each module,
you as a student will be interactive with international students.
Assignments will be given in each module thru the course
where interaction and knowledge exchange of different work
and health systems are prominent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course is given in English.
This is an online course on part-time (50 %). We will use the learning platform Desire2Learn which is hosted by University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. You as a student will have asses to video-lectures, discussion forums and lecture notes.

Examination form

Written group- and individual assigments/examination throughout the course.

Link to subject-specific criteria for marks

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Other information
The course is based on Scientific Articles. The articles will be provided to the students at the start of the course.