Contemporary Social Pharmacy

Course content

The course intends to improve students’ understanding of comtemporary social pharmacy i.e. current challenges to rational use of medicine as well as to improve students' ability to work independent and problem-oriented in order to help resolve relevant problems in the field.

Each year the course will focus on a new contemporary social pharmacy topic such as the increase of antibiotic resistance or prioritization of medicines. Students are presented to literature and several different actors’ experiences with the contemporary social pharmacy theme in place through a number of class seminars.

The students then define a sub-topic within the annual social pharmacy theme and work in groups to gain insight into this case by seeking interaction with different actors in the area. Increased understanding through this interaction with stakeholders regards both the background for identified challenges as well as development of innovative solutions to the challenges based on insight in innovation processes. Further, how to present appropriate solutions will be addressed. The students receive supervision in relation to this work.

Education

BSc Programme in Pharmacy - elective

Learning outcome

Knowledge

  • describe contemporary social pharmacy challenges within a specific topic
  • describe the activities which have been applied so far to try to resolve the identified challenges
  • identify central actors within the specific topic
  • describe different phases in an innovation process
  • describe basic rhetorical principles in oral and written professional dissemination

 

Skills

  • take responsibility for a small project on how to tackle contemporary social pharmacy challenges (conducted according to the principles and phases of an innovation process)
  • as part of this process to interact with different actors in a constructive way to gain in depth understanding of the specific topic in place
  • undertake analyses of the complexity of reasons for and solutions to identified challenges (and to suggest solutions not earlier carried out)
  • argue convincingly for suggested solutions

 

Competencies

  • work independently
  • work project-oriented
  • work according to multi-disciplinary principles i.e. interact with different actors such as other health care professionals, patients, politicians, etc. in a constructive way
  • analyze complex contemporary social pharmacy challenges
  • present innovative solutions to challenges in a convincing way work

The course focuses on interactive development-orientated teaching methods and will incorporate different elements needed to be able to learn to work project-oriented and independently.

The literature will consist of a selection of different materials relating to the annual social pharmacy theme as well as text books in rhetoric and innovation processes.

Teaching is based on the assumption that the students have acquired knowledge, skills and competences corresponding to those obtained by completion of the first five semesters of the BSc Programme in Pharmacy.

Written
Oral
Collective
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
The students develop in a group a written and oral product describing the process they have been through - arguing for the choice of innovative solution(s) to identified problems. These products are first being discussed and evaluated by the other course participants, and invited relevant actors in the field. Then the final decision whether the course has been passed will be made by the internal supervisors.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

The following elements must be demonstrated to pass the exam: 

Knowledge

  • describe contemporary social pharmacy challenges within a specific topic

  • describe the activities which have been applied so far to try to resolve the identified challenges

  • identify central actors within the specific topic

Skills

  • undertake analyses of the complexity of reasons for and solutions to identified challenges (and to suggest solutions not earlier carried out)

Competencies

  • present innovative solutions to challenges in a convincing way work

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Seminar
  • 36
  • Preparation
  • 36
  • Project work
  • 106
  • Guidance
  • 3
  • Exam
  • 12
  • Exam Preparation
  • 13
  • English
  • 206