Postgraduate course

Cultural theory and global perspectives

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSYKVIT302
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Minimum 5 students.

Objectives and Content


The course illuminates how diverse theoretical approaches or perspectives bring to the fore different aspects of empirical fields. Main emphasis will be directed at the manner in which different theoretical vantage points can be drawn upon to shed light on core themes in nursing. The course will employ relevant empirical examples from both high- and low income contexts.


The course includes readings in social constructionism and critical economic theory. Phenomenology and hermeneutics will also be introduced. The reading of theoretical texts will alternate with epistemological and methodological reflection around how such different theoretical `lenses¿ has implications for the ways in which we approach and analyse research material within nursing.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • hold basic knowledge about how different theoretical perspectives generate diverse types of knowledge
  • hold basic knowledge of social constructionism, critical theory, phenomenology and hermeneutics
  • reflect critically over the manner in which diverse theoretical approaches may have relevance for and inform studies within nursing

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Methods of teaching:

  • lectures
  • group work
  • student presentations of core texts
  • student presentations: how diverse theoretical approaches may inform research in nursing
  • self study


In total: 40 hours per week for 3.5 weeks

Forms of Assessment

Essay in the form of a five days written home exam

Grading Scale

Grading scale A-F

Reading List

Reading list on Mitt UiB

Course Evaluation

Mandatory written and oral evaluation


Contact Information

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

e-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

tel: 55586100

Course coordinator: Professor Astrid Blystad


Exam information