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Quality of life from an interprofessional perspective37441/4618/2122/1/16
Study guide

Quality of life from an interprofessional perspective

Academic year 2021-22
Is found in:
  • IC Audiology
    Choice package:
    • Choose for 9 ECTS CREDITS (Spring semester)
  • IC Nursing
    Choice package:
    • Choose for 12 ECTS CREDITS (Spring semester)
  • IC Social educational care work, programme stage 3
  • IC Speech and Language Pathology
    Choice package:
    • Choose for 6 ECTS CREDITS (Spring semester)
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 6 credits
Weight: 6,00
Total study time: 150,00 hours
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.03.2022 ()

Organisation of education

Teaching Activities, Learning Activities, Assessment Activities
Lecture20,00 hours
Self-study76,00 hours
Seminar36,00 hours
Supervised independent work18,00 hours
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under credit contract.
Co-ordinator: De Maeyer Jessica
Language course: No
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 2


We can motivate why we included this course unit in the study program. In this course we will focus on the shifts in care and support of people in vulnerable living situations. The last years an increasing tendency towards community based care can be observed which strives towards care and support for people that takes place in their own environment.The concept of ‘Quality of Life’ is presented as an intersectoral framework, across target groups in the daily support of people in vulnerable living situations. More and more attention is given to active involvement of the client and his/her network with their needs, wishes and supports as starting point. These evolutions are influenced by the the socio-ecological model of health, inclusive citizenship as outcome measure and a focus on human rights in the care and support of people in vulnerable living situations. In this course students get insight in the history of the concept Quality of Life, the different models of Quality of Life and the support paradigm as a way to implement Quality of Life in daily practice. Attention is given to the implications of implementing this Quality of Life framework for professionals working in the orthopedagogical field. The course unit supports a potential integration of the treated content into professional activities either during an internship or in the field in the future.


The course unit comprises the following components:

History and Definition of Quality of Life models
Socio-ecological perspective on health

subjective well-being
Community-based support and care

Ecological definition of Functioning
Support needs paradigm
Human Rights
Personal Centered Planning
Personal Outcomes

Order of enrolment

There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course further supports the developed competences from the following courses:

Trajectory model 1:

Introduction in theory of orthopedagogics

Orthopedagogical target groups and fields 1

Orthopedagogical target groups and fields 2

Trajectory model 2:


Treatment planning

Final objectives

03. The PBA Socio-educational Care Work contributes to the analysis of the support needs and actively guides the process of action planning. Based on his knowledge of (socio)(educational) care work, and in collaboration with the stakeholders, the PBA Socio-educational Care Work selects objectives and appropriate methods.
03.02. Determine a goal-oriented approach in terms of the demand for support.

06. The PBA Socio-educational Care Work supports the client in strengthening his qualitative and sustainable networks, to enhance well-being and social participation.
06.01. Organize initiatives in order to strengthen the natural/or professional network of a client and client system.
06.02. Provide the support and empowerment of a client and a client system with the intent to increase social participation.
06.03. Sensitizing society the social participation of people in vulnerable situations.

10. The PBA Socio-educational Care Work adjusts its (socio)(educational) care work on the basis of critical (self)reflection, current insights from scientific research and regional, European and international developments.
10.02. Reflect critically on insights from theoretical frameworks, (international) scientific research and on the implementation into practice.

Teaching methods

  • Activating lecture
    Additional information: Interactive lectures
  • Excursion
    Additional information: Study visits
  • Assignment
    Additional information: Assignment
  • Practice session
    Additional information: Workshop
  • Guest speaker or lecture/Testimony
    Additional information: Guest lecture

Organisation of education

Lecture - interactive

Group work

Study visits

Study guidance

Coaching and questions by email


First examination period

Assignment (100% of the marks)

Second examination period
Assignment (100% of the marks)

Bijzondere bepalingen
Cf. OER Hogeschool Gent 2020-2021 en FOER Mens en Welzijn 2020-2021

Other study materials

Articles will be avaiable through Chamilo

Study costs


Key words

Quality of Life

Community-based support and care
Support needs paradigm

Human Rights

Personal Outcomes