Contemporary Social Pharmacy

Course content

The aim of the course is to improve the students’ understanding of contemporary social pharmacy i.e. current challenges to rational use of medicine in society as well as to improve students' resolving of these challenges through creating effective innovations.

The course includes an introduction to social pharmacy including important stakeholders in the field. Each year the course will focus on a new contemporary social pharmaceutical topic (such as the increase of antibiotic resistance, mental diseases, interdisciplinary health care work or prioritization of medicines) which also will be introduced at the start of the course. Students are then introduced to specific social pharmacy cases within the annual theme from external caseholders. Thereafter the students work with a case in-depth in groups going through an innovation process. This includes first gaining an increased understanding regarding the identified social challenges and secondly developing social innovative solutions to these challenges. The students gain insight into different tools to support the different phases in the innovation process (including how to work in a team) as well as into how to best present appropriate solutions by using principles of rhetoric.

Education

BSc Programme in Pharmacy - elective

Learning outcome

Knowledge

  • Describe central elements in constructive group work
  • Describe the key actors within a specific social pharmacy topic
  • Describe the social pharmacy challenges within a specific topic
  • Describe and argue for the different phases in an innovation process
  • Describe different types of innovations
  • Describe the relevance of specific tools to support the innovation process
  • Describe rhetoric principles in oral and written professional dissemination to support innovation      

 

Skills

  • Take responsibility for a small project on how to tackle social pharmacy challenges (according to the principles of an innovation process)
  • As part of this process to gain in-depth knowledge of the specific social pharmacy topic/ case in place
  • Apply relevant tools to undertake an innovation process to create solutions to the identified challenges
  • Argue convincingly for the suggested innovative solutions in writing and orally     

 

Competencies

  • Work independently in a group and manage this work
  • Identify one´s own need for supervision
  • Create justified and effective innovative solutions (or proto-types of) to identified social pharmacy challenges
  • Present innovative solutions in a persuasive way to facilitate implementation

Case-based teaching, consisting of lectures, group work, presentations and close The course focuses on interactive development-orientated teaching methods and will incorporate different elements needed in order for the student to be able to work project-oriented and independently. Teaching methods will fore instance constitute: group work (mainly problem-based focus), excursions, different feed-back methods, reflective team methods (including presentions), etc.

The literature will consist of different materials relating to the selected social pharmacy theme as well as rhetoric, innovation processes, team-work and relevant methods of analysis.

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.

Oral
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Course certificate: The students develop in their group a written report and an oral presentation on their work, including process description, and also arguing for the choice of social innovative solution(s) to identified problems. The report and presentation are first discussed with and evaluated by other course participants, and by invited relevant actors in the field. Evaluation of student´s knowledge, skills and competencies will constitute the assessment frame for both other course participants, invited relevant actors and internal evaluator. The final decision as to whether the course has been passed, will be made by the examiner.
The invited relevant actors will be selected when the specific year topic has been decided upon.
The students develop in their group their sub-assignments an a final oral presentation on their work, including process description, and also arguing for the choice of social innovative solution(s) to identified problems.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain a course certificate, the student should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Describe central elements in constructive group work
  • Describe the key actors within a specific social pharmacy topic
  • Describe the social pharmacy challenges within a specific topic
  • Describe and argue for the different phases in an innovation process
  • Describe different types of innovations
  • Describe the relevance of specific tools to support the innovation process
  • Describe rhetoric principles in oral and written professional dissemination to support innovation        

 

Skills

  • Take responsibility for a small project on how to tackle social pharmacy challenges (according to the principles of an innovation process)
  • As part of this process to gain in-depth knowledge of the specific social pharmacy topic/ case in place
  • Apply relevant tools to undertake an innovation process to create solutions to the identified challenges
  • Argue convincingly for the suggested innovative solutions in writing and orally         

 

Competencies

  • Work independently in a group and manage this work
  • Identify one´s own need for supervision
  • Create justified and effective innovative solutions (or proto-types of) to identified social pharmacy challenges
  • Present innovative solutions in a persuasive way to facilitate implementation
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 36
  • Project work
  • 106
  • Seminar
  • 36
  • Guidance
  • 3
  • Exam Preparation
  • 13
  • Exam
  • 12
  • English
  • 206