Technologies of Participation

Course content

This course is concerned with the increased use of technological means to enable patients and citizens at large to participate in the practices and politics of health and illness. We introduce students to a variety of participatory technologies and arrangements in contemporary healthcare settings in Denmark and beyond (i.e. self-monitoring/self-care devices; Patient-Reported Outcome; Online patient-experience networks; User-driven innovation; Public consultation and dialogue).  The course provides students with knowledge of the theoretical and political foundations for the participatory turn in healthcare (i.e. Shared Care; New Public Management; User Innovation) and analytical tools to uncover the assumptions and social effects of such technologies on individual, health system and society. 

Education

MSc in Public Health Science
BSc in Public Health Science

Learning outcome

After the course the student will be able to:

Knowledge

Explain the theoretical and political foundations of the participatory turn in healthcare;

Explain differences between specific technologies in terms of user-assumptions and social effects.

Skills

Apply analytical concepts in analysis of specific technologies;

Discuss social implications of technologies for the individual, healthcare system and society.

Competencies

Participate in theoretically and empirically informed discussions on patient participation and technological innovation in healthcare.

Lectures and student-engaging sessions

Online compendium 

ECTS
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
A 10 page individual essay analysing a self-chosen participatory technology.
The essay is a course paper to be worked on throughout the course and handed on the last days of the course.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student must be able to:

Knowledge

Explain the theoretical and political foundations of the participatory turn in healthcare;

Explain differences between specific technologies in terms of user-assumptions and social effects.

Skills

Apply analytical concepts in analysis of specific technologies;

Discuss social implications of technologies for the individual, healthcare system and society.

Competencies

On a theoretically and empirically informed basis, critically discuss patient participation and technological innovation in healthcare.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Class Instruction
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 50
  • Exercises
  • 10
  • Project work
  • 58
  • English
  • 138