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Illness is a very complex situation of life. In this course you will address it from a humanistic approach. You will be working interdisciplinary and person-centered. We will focus on the body experiences, the narratives and the coping strategies.

For students in: Health Educations
At: Campus North Zealand
Language: English
Period: Spring (6 weeks)

Aims and objectives

  • Knowledge about embodiment, narrative perspectives and illness in cross-professional, cross-cultural and international health professional practice
  • Skills in participating cross-cultural collaboration related to Illness
  • Skills in using, developing and reflecting on embodiment perspective regarding Illness
  • Skills related to reading, writing and expressing oneself in academic English
  • Competencies in managing people with illness as a health professional

Topics to be introduced

  • Illness (intercultural perspectives)
  • Embodiment (Mindfulness, Body image/identity, Phenomenology, The human touch)
  • Narrative perspective (Narrative coaching, Narrative medicine, dealing with trauma)
  • Coping (Communicative skills to help coping with illness)
  • Cross-cultural collaboration (international collaboration, Cultural diversity)

Learning methods

The course consists of a combination of theoretical presentations, practical sessions, group assessments, presentations and self-study. The overall aim is for the participants to develop the required knowledge, skills and competences by discussing and evaluating topics and methods related to the themes of the course.
The first 4 weeks of the course will contain lectures and bodily practical exercises. Week 5 will focus on creating professional and interprofessional cases from cases of illness and working with bodily methods of treatment.

Course assessment/examination

The course end up with an examination. On behalf of a case, the students have 3 days to create arguments for a professional approach. The product is limited to creating a powerpoint with 5 minutes voiceover and a list of relevant literature. The student will receive an individual grading on the task.


The literature will be in English and will consist of a variety of authors and articles regarding the main topic. Examples of authors we will be working with; Michael White, Arthur Frank, Helle Winther

Other comments

People with illness can be addressed with a variety of health professional approaches. In this course we choose an interdisciplinary approach and seek a deeper understanding of how the body and the language defines both own and others story of the illness as well as how the health professional deals with the complexity of this issue. We will address the body through embodiment and phenomenology, and the language through narratives.

The course is expected to host international students and the common language will be in English. We will use the international differences to explore a cultural and complex understanding of illness and expand the competencies in communication through a common non-native language.

The teachers will be nurses, physiotherapists and psychomotor therapists.


Elective program leader/course co-ordinator
Jeppe Lindhardt