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. The invited relevant actors will be selected when the specific year topic has been decided upon. 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

MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (English programme): Study track III ('Medicines and Society' track) - compulsory

MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (English programme): Study track I and II - restricted elective

MSc Programme in Pharmacy (Danish programmes cand.pharm) - elective

MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Danish programme cand.scient.pharm) - restricted elective

MSc Programme in Medicinal Chemistry - elective

All KU programmes as elective course.

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

  • 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 and feedback/supervision. 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.

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
Individual
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
Oral defence, 20 min
Type of assessment details
The students develop in their group a written report, including process description, and argue 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 will then be defended individually by students at an oral exam, where the external actor who had developed the specific case along with teachers/internal examiners make an evaluation, and the examiner then decide the final grade.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12, 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

  • 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

Single subject courses (day)

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

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
SMPS22003U
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Duration

1 block

Placement
Block 4
Schedulegroup
A
Capacity
60 students - 20 seats reserved MSc Programme in Pharmaceutical Sciences (English programme): Study track III ('Medicines and Society' study track) - 10 seats reserved for other master students.
Studyboard
Study Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Contracting department
  • Department of Pharmacy
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinators
  • Lotte Stig Nørgaard   (14-777a7f7f7039797a7d726c6c7d6f4b7e80796f397680396f76)
  • Susanne Kaae   (12-7c7e7c6a77776e37746a6a6e497c7e776d37747e376d74)
Study secretary: If you need to contact the study secretary, please the Student Affairs Department contact information (list in Danish only): Afdeling for Uddannelse og Studerende (AUS) – Københavns Universitet (ku.dk)
Teacher

Staff primarily in the Section for Social and Clinical Pharmacy along with external teachers who are either experts in different aspects in relation to the annual theme and/or in innovation processes and rhetorical principles in oral and written dissemination.

Saved on the 31-03-2022

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