This course examines participation in occupation as an organizing force throughout the lifespan and as a key determinant of health. The course also provides an overview of scientific, sociocultural, economic, and political factors that impact the practice of occupational therapy in a changing health care environment. The course emphasizes foundational skills and knowledge concerning the nature of occupation and ways that occupational performance is affected by individual and environmental contextual factors. Course topics include the following: perspective consciousness, sociocultural awareness, the World Health Organization Model for viewing function and dysfunction, and the occupational therapy process in conjunction with the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Students collaborate in problem solving activities with classmates in and outside of class in order to address the impact of disability and dysfunction on occupational performance and participation.
Prerequisites: Admission to OT program.