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Doctoral course

Interdisciplinary perspectives on health and disability, 7.5 credits

Course information

Research education subject

  • Disability Research

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Course date

January 2025


The course is an interdisciplinary course on health and disability based on a biopsychosocial perspective. The course includes various scientific theoretical perspectives, such as positivism, constructivism and critical realism, which are discussed in relation to interdisciplinary research problems. The course also deals with the interplay between functional impairments and various obstacles and opportunities that can hinder or facilitate the individual's full participation in society. In addition to the biopsychosocial approach, other perspectives on impairment and disability are also treated, such as the medical and the social model. Research on health, impairments and disabilities is an interdisciplinary field where knowledge from several subjects is integrated.

The course is given in English, alternatively Swedish, and is partly given remotely.

The course is compulsory for PhD students in Disability Research at Örebro University, admitted to the most recently established general study plan.

The next time the course is given is Spring term 25, course start in January.


Application is closed. 


Course responsible: Stephen Widén, This is an email address

Examiner: Elina Mäki-Torkko, This is an email address

Administration: This is an email address