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Encountering diversity and difference

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SAPA0302
Curriculum: SA 2018
Level: Bachelor of Social Services
Year of Study: 1 (2018-2019)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 6 cr
Responsible Teacher: Blom, Heidi
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2018-2019

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
4S-SA-1A2019-01-07 – 2019-06-02Heidi BlomFinnish2018-12-10 – 2019-01-14
5S-SA-1B2019-01-07 – 2019-06-02Heidi BlomFinnish2018-12-10 – 2019-01-14

Still need to take the course? See the courses during the academic year 2021-2022.

Learning Outcomes

The student
* understands the meaning of plural society
* regognizes the support needs of multicultural clients and clients with special needs
* knows how to support individually client’s resources using different working methods


* plural society
* special pedagogics 3sp
* problems in ability to function which need of special support, basic knowledge about different disabled groups from the pedagogic perspective
* the meaning of culture in people’s values, actions and communication
* become acquainted with different cultures, multiculturality, 3sp
* understandind multiculturality and making use of theory and concepts with coopetarion partner: 4 aspects of culture by G. Hofstede, adaptation phases to a new culture, acculturation model, cultural shock, cultural sensitivity
* methods and tools supporting communication: plain language, nonverbal communication, illustrated communication
*diversity in the society and communities
*supporting and streghtening participation

Assessment Criteria

Grade 1: the student
* knows how to use single working methods to support client individually
* shows familiarity with the knowledge base of the field

Grade 3: the student knows how to
* choose the best working methods to support the client’s needs and use them to support the client individually
* apply the knowledge base of the field logically

Grade 5: the student knows how to
* apply different working methods in different clint groups clint-oriented
* apply the knowledge base of the field in a expert manner