This course addresses key concepts and development trends related to welfare technology, which refers to the use of new technology in health, care and social services. This involves technological solutions that individuals can use to improve their level of coping, social participation and quality of life.
The emergence of welfare technology
In recent years, welfare technology and telecare has attracted growing attention. This course addresses the emergence of welfare technology as a topic and addresses the opportunities and limitations for service recipients, their next of kin and service providers arising from the introduction of various types of technologies.
Different target groups
The course on welfare technology and telecare is intended to provide a broad and nuanced introduction to various target groups and age groups, including children and adolescents with disabilities, persons with dementia or persons with mental illness.
Different welfare technology solutions
The course will present Norwegian and international research on this topic. Various forms of welfare technology solutions will be presented, with an emphasis on their implications for service organisation and professional practice, as well as in terms of changes in relationships, responsibilities and tasks with regard to service recipients, next of kin and service employees.
Other topics addressed include the context for the emergence of these types of solutions, domestic and international trends, and key questions linked to such issues as design and user involvement. Throughout the course, there will be reflection on value-related aspects and ethical dilemmas, such as dignity, the right to privacy, mobility, safety and security. The legislation that applies to this area will also be reviewed.
A bachelor’s degree or three-year university college degree in healthcare, social and welfare studies. Applicants with a degree of the same scope in educational science or social sciences can be admitted after an individual assessment. You may also apply on the basis of prior learning and work experience.