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Encountering diversity and difference

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SAPA0302
Curriculum: SA 2020 / 2020V
Level: Bachelor of Social Services
Year of Study: 1 (2020-2021 / 2021)
Semester: Spring / Autumn
Credits: 6 cr
Responsible Teacher: Blom, Heidi
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Year 2021

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3001SA2020-1A2021-01-04 – 2021-06-20Heidi BlomFinnish2020-08-17 – 2021-01-10
3002SA2020-1B2021-01-04 – 2021-06-20Heidi BlomFinnish2020-08-17 – 2021-01-10
3004SA2020-1C2021-01-04 – 2021-06-20Heidi BlomFinnish2020-08-17 – 2021-01-10
3005SA2020V-12K2021-08-01 – 2021-12-31Heidi BlomFinnish2021-08-01 – 2021-09-06

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

Regional Impact

The diversity of cultures and human life mainly in area of Pohjanmaa.


The diversity of cultures and human life in global.

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