Welcome to the course Existential dimensions of health / Hälsans existentiella dimensioner 15 cr (distance)

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Course information

This course is a full-time course given between weeks 03-12.
Name of course

Existential dimensions of health /

Hälsans existentiella dimensioner

Course codeRVA004
Application co23201 Master

Faculty of Education and Business Studies

Course co-ordinator

Ann-Kristin Eriksson



Course administration

Monika Karlsson

E-mail: studentsupport@hig.se

Register on your course!

In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Period for course registration: 4 - 17 January

About the course

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course organisation and communication

Course organisation

Welcome to the course The Existential Dimensions of Health! The course is a so called literature course.
The web-based course tool used is Canvas. More information will be posted on Canvas at least a week before the Course start.

January 20th 10.15-12.00 Course introduction and call for registration

March 24th 10.15-12.00 Oral presentations of Assignments

This course is based on self-studies. The course is given on a full-time basis.

The examination is a combination of written and oral assignments.

If you can not attend the Course introduction, please contact me in advance. Ann-Kristin "Mimmi" Eriksson e-mail adress: aer@hig.se

The course literature in the syllabus is in Swedish. Since the course is given in English, the following literature is to be used.

· Antonovsky, Aaron (1987). Unraveling the mystery of health: how people manage stress and stay well. 1. ed. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass

· Frankl, Viktor E. (1987[1962]). Man's search for meaning: an introduction to logotherapy. Rev. and enlarged ed London: Hodder and Stoughton

· Aho, Kevin (2014). Existentialism: an introduction. Cambridge: Polity. Pages 193

· Aho, James A. (ed.) (2018). Existential medicine: essays on health and illness. London: Rowman & Littlefield International. Pages 269

· Jackson, Michael & Piette, Albert (eds.) (2017). What is existential anthropology? New York: Berghahn Books. Pages: 248

· Hägglund, Martin (2019). This life: why mortality makes us free. London: Profile Books. Pages 464

· Noonan, Jeff (2018). Embodiment and the meaning of life. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. Pages 263

· Harkness, Charlotte (2019) The Nature of Existence : Health, WellBeing and the Natural World. Red Globe Press. Pages: 156


We use the communication tool Canvas, and our meetings will be held via Zoom https://hig-se.zoom.us/
A course link for our Zoom-meetings will be announced on our Canvas course site.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation

After your course has finished you will be sent a web-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and your comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.

Service and Support


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Publicerad av: Satu Moberg Sidansvarig: Lisa Olsson Sidan uppdaterades: 2021-01-08
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