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Nursing as a theoretical science, 5 credits

Omvårdnad som teoretisk vetenskap, 5 hp

Time: week  7-8 and week 12 2020

Number of students: minimum 10


Course application is open until January 15, 2020


The content of the course sheds light on nursing as an academic subject and the importance of nursing theory in research and practice. Theoretical and philosophical foundations for nursing and core concepts in nursing are developed. Critical review of the participants' own projects in relation to the core concepts / nursing theories takes place


Learning outcomes - examples

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the theoretical or epistemological starting point against the empirical / perceived starting point as the basis for nursing theory and science

Competence and skills

  • Demonstrate ability for scientific analysis and independently critically examine nursing's theoretical and scientific starting points

Judgement and approach

  • Show intellectual independence and scientific reasonableness of nursing theory and science as well as its practical application

A complete list of learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus, which will be published in October.


Educational methods and examination

Educational methods are introduction lectures, group activities, seminars and written paper including an analysis and critical reflection upon the chosen theoretical concepts of nursing/theories.

The examination is as follows: each participant writes a small paper about a topic relevant to the course. This paper shall be presented at a seminar. Each participant shall also be an opponent of a paper written by another participant.
To pass each participant shall actively participate in the teaching sessions.


Admission requirements

Basic eligibility for courses at postgraduate education level is the one that has
- graduated at advanced level,
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or
- otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge.

PhD students are admitted according to the following priority order:
1. PhD students registred at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
2. PhD students registred at other faculties within Linköping University
3. PhD students registred at other universities

Participation in the course of other students than above is only possible if there are fewer applicants from the above groups than students to be admitted.


Course Literature

The course organiser will provide a list of relevant literature before the start of the course.


Additional information

The course is normally given in Swedish but if there is any PhD student having another mother tongue the course will be given in English.





Course administration

Course coordinator: Maria Friedrichsen

Examiner: Carina Berterö

Course administrator: Nora Östrup


Sidansvarig: siw.carlfjord@liu.se
Senast uppdaterad: 2019-10-29