Embodiment and Communication

International elective Module for international and native students in Nursing Science, Physiotherapy and Psychomotor Therapy.

An international, elective course with focus on Embodiment and Communication is offered at University College UCC. Students will get the opportunity of studying and working with these themes from a citizen-centered, a student-centered and a cross-professional perspective.

The aim is for the student to acquire competencies in the fields of phenomenology and the narrative perspectives of a health professional and cross-cultural practice.

The students attending the course could be physiotherapy students, nurse students or psychomotoric therapist students.

ECTS-points: 10 ECTS 

Period: Spring semester calendar week 6 – 11, autumn semester Week 35 – 40.

The duration of the module totals 6 weeks. The spoken and written language will be English. 

 (Note: ERASMUS students will be able to combine this module with a following clinical practice module, acquiring a total of between 18-30 ECTS.)

The module focuses on the meaning of embodiment and communication between health professionals and citizens. The course will address the relationship and practice in a 2-way perspective. The citizens and the student (or health professional)

The 2-way perspective will be analyzed, with the intention of uncovering how Health Professionals can interact and practice in relation with the citizen. The interactions between the citizen and the health professional will be analyzed from different perspectives and with participation of lecturers and students from different Health Educations.

The effect of citizen-centered perspective and knowledge hereof will be analyzed against the professional practice, to get better understanding of Health Professional intervention and relation, and to qualify the mono- and cross professional practice, nationally as well as internationally.

Overall aim/objectives

  • To gain knowledge and competencies related to practice, and how to implement perspectives of Embodiment and health communication into professional practice.
  • To gain knowledge and competencies related to qualitative methodology and how this knowledge can support professional rehabilitation practice.

Student objectives: 

  • Knowledge about embodiment, in cross-professional, cross-cultural and international health professional practice 
  • Knowledge of phenomenology and narrative perspectives on health professional practice
  • Knowledge about interprofessional and intercultural communication in health professional setting
  • Knowledge about embodiment as a part of qualitative research.
  • Skills in using, developing and reflecting on embodiment in a 2-way perspective perspectives in a professional capacity
  • Skills to plan and to make observation studies and narrative interviews in Health Professional environment
  • Skills related to reading, writing and expressing oneself in English
  • Competences in participating in cross-professional and cross-cultural collaboration related to embodiment and communication
  • Competence in using narrative and phenomenological perspectives in health professional practice.

Topics to be introduced

  • Embodiment – in theory and practice  
  • Interprofessional and intercultural communication  
  • Phenomenology – in theory and as method to explore non-verbal communication and expressions  
  • The significance of the human touch in the interactive meeting
  • Qualitative methodology   
  • Ethnographic observation methods
  • Narrative interview as a method to understand citizens’ life history  
  • Students log as a portfolio     
  • Project - collecting and analyzing empirical data 
  • Symposium – presentation of project  

Guiding structure of the course and week content 
Group lessons with theoretical and practical sessions (3 weeks)

Project work and field study (2 weeks) 

Accumulation, presentation and integration of knowledge (1 week)

Topics and contents week 1 - 3:

  • Cross-professional and cross-cultural communication 
  • Embodiment in theory and practice  
  • Phenomenology as a method to study body experiences  
  • Qualitative methods to the study of citizen perspectives   
  • Ethnographic observation study
  • Understanding touch
  • Students log

Contents week 4 & 5: (project weeks) 

  • Empirical work – interview as a method 
  • Narrative interview – as a method to understand and explore experienced living 
  • Collecting and analysing empirical data 
  • Students log

Contents week 6: 

  • Preparing assignment and presentation
  • Symposium and presentation of project. Peer feedback.

Learning activities
The course consists of a combination of theoretical presentations, practical sessions, group assessments, meeting citizens, presentations and self-study. The aim is for the participants to develop the required skills and competences by discussing and evaluating topics and methods related to the themes of the course.

The students will be working with a student’s log as a tool for reflections trough the course.   

It is mandatory to actively participate in group lessons, portfolio activity, empirical study and analysis, and the project including presentation of project. Reflections from the students log must be presented as a part of the final project.  

Any preconditions for participating in the elective module will be stated here: 

Formalities and assessment 
Module approvement is based on participation, learning activities and project. Individually and in groups, all students must submit both learning activities and project, and give the final presentation of the project.

The student gets approval for the module participation, by attending in and presentation of Learning Activities, as described in the content.

In the last week each group is obligated to;

  • upload empirical notes from the interview
  • participate in presentation of the empirical work with opponance
  • produce and present a video which should show the groups understanding of the coherence of the course and the future perspectives

If the students do not participate in and present the Learning Activities, the student have to either do a written assignment for the related elective subject, or participate in the Elective Module, again/next semester.

The students get credit by following the description of assessment in curriculum for the related Health Education.

Costs for international students (students attending must be enrolled in a health education through established exchange agreements between UCC and partner institution): 

Tuition is free. Some travel expenses must be expected (with student card these will be minimized)  

Lecturers in charge of the module: 

  • Søsserr Aagaard (LSJ3), Assistant Professor, Nursing Education UCC 
  • Stine Degerbøl (STDE), Assistant Professor, Psychomotor Therapy Education UCC 
  • Jeppe Lindhardt (JELI), Associate Professor, Physiotherapy Education UCC

Erasmus International students Health Edu, students at UCC Scholarship and Health Edu students from UCC have first claim. 

Deadline for application

For Erasmus students and Health Edu students UCC, using MOVEON May 1st

For students on Visa and students accepted at UCC Scholarship, using MOVEON April 1st.

Semester Dates 2017-2018

Fall semester 2018
Lectures: August 27th - October 5th 2018

Spring Semester 2018
Lectures: February 5th - March 6th 2018

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