MAPSY4400 Psykisk helse for migranter og minoriteter Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Mental Health of Migrants and Minorities
Tverrfaglig videreutdanning i psykisk helse-, rus- og avhengighetsarbeid - heltid / Masterstudium i helsevitenskap – tverrfaglig spesialisering i psykisk helse-, rus- og avhengighetsarbeid / Masterstudium i helsevitenskap - spesialisering i psykomotorisk fysioterapi / Tverrfaglig videreutdanning i psykisk helse-, rus- og avhengighetsarbeid - deltid
10 stp.


Language of instruction: English (Norwegian if no English speakers are registered for the course) 

New policies and guidelines recommend an emphasis on equitable and culturally sensitive health care services. Within the context of multi-cultural societies, this course addresses migration and minority perspectives related to mental illness and substance abuse across the life course. The course explores mental health of migrants and minorities using multisystemic perspectives, and theories of intersectionality. It puts an emphasis on multiple interacting processes related to social inclusion and marginalization. 

A special focus will be given to vulnerable situations and migrants/refugees/ torture victims/ asylum seekers within a context of rehabilitation services, resilience, and empowerment processes. Not since the Second World War have such vast numbers of people migrated or been forced to flee, both crossing nation state borders and being displaced within a nation state. People who migrate encounter boundaries that regulate access to nation states, social rights, and health care services. The course thus puts an emphasis on migration experiences: specifically addressing how the life situation of migrants influences mental well-being, family relationships, and social and labour participation in the Norwegian context and beyond. 

Within the contexts of human rights, belonging and relatedness, the course further addresses the mental wellbeing of minorities in Norway. We will discuss majority and minority perspectives within societies with a specific focus on mental illness and substance abuse.

Migration and minority positions are complex phenomena, and the course will utilize comparative knowledge and methodology to broaden holistic understanding. The students reflects on different social and cultural perceptions and explanations of mental illness and substance abuse as well as factors influencing health seeking behaviours across the life course among migrants and minorities within the Norwegian context and beyond.


Admission to the programme or course.


After completing the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence: 


The student

  • can discuss the importance of sex and gender, age, socio-cultural and economic contexts and living conditions, including labour, housing and social participation in relation to mental health and substance abuse

  • can analyse and discuss common ethical issues and values related to mental health care

  • can discuss the need of self-help, peer to peer support and voluntary work

  • can analyse the relationships between migration and experiences of traumatisation, and its impact on mental illness and substance abuse 



The student

  •  can analyse interactions between gender, age and socio-cultural context (i.e., among minority groups and persons) and problems related to mental illness and substance abuse. Further, make use of such knowledge to understand the need of help

  • can work on individual, groups, and society level to promote well-being processes, good everyday life situations and social participations for instance at schools and working places for those who concerns, their family and network

  • can support self-help, peer to peer work, and voluntary work

  • can analyse and reflect upon communication challanges with persons with mental health and substance abuse conditions, their families and network

  • can analyse and critical reflect upon self-perceptions, attitudes, and how values and ways of being influence the work towards the person affected, the family, network and collaborative partners



The student

  • can make use of knowledge and skills in exercise professionals’ judgment in encounter persons with mental health and/ or substance abuse and other persons touched upon

  • can apply equitable, inclusive and culturally sensitive health and social services  

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures, cases, reflections, SIM, group work, fieldwork and dialogue groups.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following must have been approved in order for the student to take the examination:

  • Participating in the study group works.
  • Presentation of work demands. 
  • Written assignment, individual or in pair, scope: 1,000 words (+/- 10 %).

Vurdering og eksamen

Home examination over seven days. Written either individually or in pairs. Scope: If written as an individual examination, the text must be 2,500 words (+/- 10 %) or 4,000 words (+/- 10 %) if written as in pairs.

The course is taught in English. Students may also choose to write/conduct the examination in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish).

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted as long as the candidate use literature references in accordance with existing guidelines.


Grade scale A-F.

The same grade is awarded to all members of the group.


All examination papers are assessed by two examiners. At least 20% of the answer papers will be assessed by an external examiner. The external examiner’s assessment should benefit all students..


10 credits overlap with MAVIT5200 The Health and Welfare of Migrant Populations, 10 credtis and MAPSD5100 and Mental Health Care with Minority Patients: Migration and Exile, 10 credtis.


The previous Advanced Programme in Mental Health Care at OsloMet from 2018 generally covers academic content within migration and minorities and overlap this course.