Course Descriptions OCCU 6514   Capstone Project: Leadership through Occupation
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This course will be held over 3-4 terms. In the Occupational Science Program, graduate students have gained theoretical knowledge; critically examined intersecting occupational contexts and tensions between individuals, groups, communities and society; and related them to living as occupational beings. In this course, students will identify a defined cluster of these complexities for their Major Project, and will experience the context and tensions firsthand by engaging with, and taking leadership in, making an occupational change in a chosen organization/system. Students will further deepen and solidify their appreciation and understanding of occupational science through this experience. Drawing on occupational science theories, change theories, leadership and critical themes, students will create a plan that allows them to take leadership in making an occupational change at the level of services, systems, and/or policies. Once students start this course, they are expected to enroll in this course each term during which time they will receive a grade of “In Progress” (IP). A final grade will only be assigned in the last term when course requirements are completed.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Only available for those students enrolled in the Occupational Science Program

OCCU 6515   Contemporary and Global Issues in the World of Work
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides a critical examination of paid and unpaid work in relation to disability using occupational science theories and key constructs. Students will examine current readings in the field of using occupational constructs, such as occupational balance, transition, justice, and identity. With a backdrop of neoliberal advanced capitalism and global capitalism, the course will explore the meanings of work, transitions into and out of paid work, and relationships between paid work and identities. This course will encourage students to reconsider previously held beliefs about work, to apply an occupational science lens to answer long-standing questions/problems in the field of work, and to develop new insights and solutions to contemporary work issues facing society.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6516   Aging Inclusion and Participation
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides an intensive examination of selected substantive issues related to older adults, their inclusion and participation in occupations (that is, the things they want to do, need to do, and are expected to do), and the policies and resources that support their occupational lives. Students will critically explore a range of issues including theoretical approaches to aging; demographics of aging; biological, psychological and social aspects of aging; healthcare policies and strategies related to participation, social inclusion, housing, transportation, pensions and financial issues; family caregiving; and death and dying.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6517   Program Planning and Evaluation
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is aimed at developing knowledge and skills relative to program evaluation and critically appraising key issues and challenges with respect to program evaluation. The course provides an overview of the key phases in program evaluation, including program planning and design, drawing on program evaluation literature, as well as occupational sciences literature. A series of assignments will take students through the various stages and types of evaluation, ending with the development of a major program evaluation project in areas of interest.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor

OCCU 6518   Identity & Transitions: We Are What We Do?
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Who are we, and how do we know who we are? How and when does our sense of self develop and through what processes? How are identities formed through what we do in our daily lives? What happens to identities at times of transition, such as adolescence, retirement or unemployment, experiences of loss, experience of disability, or the onset of illness? This course explores the mechanisms and theories of identity development and transitions in relation to participation in activities of everyday life. The course focuses on how individual and social identities interact with life transitions, while attending to the influence of social categories, such as culture, race, gender, age, disability, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6519   Assessing Health & Occupational Outcomes
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This online course provides students with the opportunity to: (a) understand how outcome measures are developed to generate reliable, valid, and sensitive measures; and (b) determine if existing outcome measures generate accurate, consistent and meaningful data. The focus will be on assessment of the complexity that is occupation – the things people want, need and are required to do, the things with which people occupy themselves. A comfort with reading and assessing statistics is helpful.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6520   Community Development: Daily Lives and Collective Doing
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course explores ways to promote well communities through community development approaches within a health promotion and occupational rights/justice framework. The course uses community-focused experiential learning processes to enable students to understand: their own communities in relation to community development approaches; principles and theories, with a particular focus on the occupations communities engage in to support their wellness; and, how to create positive change.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6521   Chronic Conditions in Everyday Life
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course consists of an intensive, cross-disciplinary examination of the empirical literature related to living with a chronic health condition. In this course, students will explore and interrogate a range of issues including: selected chronic conditions across the life span, potential impacts on occupation (what people want and need to do), and the value of interventions such as technology and self-management. The relationship between chronic conditions and occupation will be the primary focus.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6522   Directed Readings in Occupation
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In this directed reading course, the student works with a full-time, part-time, or an Adjunct faculty of Dalhousie’s School of Occupational Therapy, who is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The student and faculty member submit a course syllabus, including course objectives, readings, assignments and grading criteria for approval by the School’s Occupational Science Program Committee. Available in all four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer), the goal is for an individual graduate student to design, critique, debate, and synthesize a program of reading on a selected topic or area.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor

OCCU 6523   Special Topics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This on-line seminar course is an intensive examination of a selected substantive issue that will be critiqued using an occupational science lens. Particular attention is given to practice, policy, economic and/or sociocultural issues that arise in diverse contexts. The specific topic differs from year to year; consult the School prior to registration.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6524   Special Topics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This on-line seminar course is an intensive examination of a selected substantive issue that will be critiqued using an occupational science lens. Particular attention is given to practice, policy, economic and/or sociocultural issues that arise in diverse contexts. The specific topic differs from year to year; consult the School prior to registration.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6525   Special Topics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This on-line seminar course is an intensive examination of a selected substantive issue that will be critiqued using an occupational science lens. Particular attention is given to practice, policy, economic and/or sociocultural issues that arise in diverse contexts. The specific topic differs from year to year; consult the School prior to registration.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6526   Special Topics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This on-line seminar course is an intensive examination of a selected substantive issue that will be critiqued using an occupational science lens. Particular attention is given to practice, policy, economic and/or sociocultural issues that arise in diverse contexts. The specific topic differs from year to year; consult the School prior to registration.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 9001   Thesis
CREDIT HOURS: 18
The thesis requires original research at the master's level. Basic or applied research using qualitative or quantitative methodologies will be conducted as appropriate. Thesis supervision by distance will involve email, telephone, post, teleconference or other communication as appropriate.TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: MSc(OT-Post-Professional)Research Thesis stream students
RESTRICTIONS: MSc (OT-Post-Professional) Thesis stream students

OCCU 9002   Thesis
CREDIT HOURS: 0
The thesis requires original research at the master's level related to occupation. Basic or applied research may use qualitative or quantitative methodologies as appropriate. Thesis supervision will be provided by a faculty member associated with the School of Occupational Therapy and a thesis committee, as per Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations. Thesis Supervision by distance may involve email, telephone, teleconference, videoconference, or other communication as appropriate. As part of the thesis process, the student will develop and defend a thesis proposal, complete ethics applications as appropriate, and complete all steps of the research process. Thesis defense normally occurs via distance and follows Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
RESTRICTIONS: Only available for those students enrolled in the Occupational Science program.