Nursing, Ethics and Research Based Knowledge

Description of the Different Parts of the Module

A detailed description of the objective, learning outcome and content of the courses, project work and other conditions.

Course 1: Nursing


  • The students will acquire an understanding of the historical background of nursing and the development of the profession
  • The student will obtain understanding of the process of developing nursing knowledge
  • The student will obtain understanding of an ethics of care and its implications for making sensitive clinical judgment
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of transcultural nursing; focus on theory, competences and research

Learning outcome – upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • To see nursing in the perspective of the history and development of the nursing profession
  • To describe health science perceptions of knowledge and give examples of the contributions of health science to nursing theory and nursing practice
  • Recognize core components of developing nursing knowledge
  • Recognize core components of clinical judgment
  • Recognize core concepts of care ethics
  • Compare concepts of care ethics with professional application of evidence based nursing and clinical guidelines
  • Critically reflect and discuss care ethics against application of clinical guidelines
  • Reflect on the cultural encounter between health professionals/nurses and patients with another cultural background
  • Reflect on and demonstrate knowledge of Cultural Nursing Theories and Athur Kleinmans cultural concepts disease and illness
  • Recognize how cultural care is influenced by diversity and universality

 Course 2: Philosophy, Religion and Ethics


  • The student will obtain an understanding of selected aspects of philosophy, religion and ethics with relevance of nursing praxis in Denmark
  • Conduct a family strengths assessment using the AFSNA placed in a context of ethical dilemmas

Learning outcomes – upon the completion of the course the student will:

  • Have theoretical insight into central concepts of the philosophy Existentialism
  • Understand the significance of religion in general when Danes are coping with illness
  • Have knowledge about selected aspects of Islam related to perspectives on health, illness and dead
  • Have knowledge about three different theories of ethics: Situated Ethics – Deontology – Utilitarianism

Course 3: Science Theories and Research Methodology


  • The student will obtain an understanding of Philosophy of science
  • The student will obtain an understanding of evidence-based nursing practice. This includes an understanding of how different ontological and epistemological positions influence research and design. Furthermore, how it is possible to assess different research articles

Learning outcomes – upon completion of the course the student will:

  • Describe how different research methodologies influence and frame research
  • Explain how nursing research is connected to the development of clinical nursing practice
  • Reflect on ethical aspects concerning development and research projects
  • Critically assess research articles
  • Discuss and demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice
  • Have theoretical insight into central concepts of science theories and how research methodologies relate to science theories
  • Be able to describe how phenomenology, hermeneutics, positivism and critical theory have developed and are related to nursing research
  • Be able to reflect on choice of methodology when planning nursing research
  • Be able to reflect on the use of technology in nursing from different theoretical perspectives

Project work (5½ ECTS)


The starting point will be selected parts of the thre courses and the student will work with a clinical nursing professional problem demonstrating an academic way of working.

Learning outcomes – upon completion of the project work the student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe a nursing professional problem.
  • Work with the nursing professional problem including knowledge based on research and development.
  • Make a conclusion of the problem and put it into the perspective of the nursing profession.
  • Enter into a binding professional collaboration with fellow-students and the lecturer.

Teaching methods

All teaching and counselling is in oral and written English. You will experience a lot of different teaching methods such as lectures, presentations, dialogue, exchange of experiences, group work, independent studies, portfolio work and a project work the last 4 weeks of the module.

Study visits

In connection with each of the three courses of the module there might be a study visit. This could be visits to relevant hospital departments, community nursing institutions, or organisations in municipalities etc.


Literature will be available at our IT-platform.


 To complete the module and obtain a certificate you have to 1) participate in 80% of the educational activities in the four courses 2) pass the exam

  • All communication, both oral and written, must be in English.
  • There will be some group work during the module. The groups are formed before the module by the lecturers.
  • To achieve the best outcome of the module we advise you not to have extra-curricular work activities in the first four weeks as the module is more time-consuming than traditional modules.


Danish students will take an individual theoretical written exam. International students are welcome to participate in this exam or to take another exam made in agreement between the two institutions.

Counselling is offered.

At the last day at the module you will receive a certificate for participation in the module (15 ECTS).


Email a friend

Recipient email address, your name and your email address are required.
Message sent.