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Changing Society: An International and Interdisciplinary Perspective (OS-ChanSo)

Are you interested to test your acquired skills in the real world? Our international module OS-ChanSo (2 weeks – 6 ECTS) will help you develop two key competences that are of great importance to you as a future professional: creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Occupational therapy and social work students combine perspectives and strengths. You will learn all about working in a very diverse and globalized context.  As the focus lies on reflection, theory, hands-on work, this two- week module offers you an experience that is quite out of the box. You will participate in seminars, workshops and field visits, all aiming at a streetwise and innovative professional practice.
During the programme, you collaborate closely with other students and experts and learn all about the fascinating crossover between occupational therapy and social work. The focus of the programme lies on the ongoing change in society. As this module is organized in Belgium, the focus is on the Antwerp metropolitan context.

The module is organized in close collaboration with VIA University College (Denmark)

For who?

  • Occupational Therapy students (Bachelor). The course is designed for occupational therapy students.
  • Social Work students (Bachelor) from all different backgrounds are welcome to enrol: social work, social case work, social studies, youth and community work, social pedagogy, social cultural work, social educational care work, etc. all are welcome to join. 

You can participate if you are a student from one of our partner universities. We promote diversity, also in our international module.  Are you interested in our module and your university is not one of our partners yet? Please ask your International Office to contact ours.

This module can be combined with a traineeship if you wish to come as an Erasmus student. A minimum of 20 ECTS will be required for an Erasmus exchange semester.


Week 1

Day 1: Changing society

Introduction of the module

Lecture: Introduction of the theme: changing society  

Come together

  • Game in small groups to learn to know each other

Lecture: Health and social care systems in Denmark and Belgium

Presentation: Antwerp, a city profile

Walking visit through Antwerp


Day 2: Interprofessional perspective

Lecture: Interprofessional collaboration

Interprofessional collaboration: start-up of groups

Field visits


Day 3: Holistic approach & diversity

Discussion & reflection field visits

Group work

Lecture: Theory on holistic approach

Lecture: Multicultural society/diversity

Introduction Poster Presentation assignment by students

Group working time


Day 4: Ethical issues

Lecture: Ethical issues & theories of justice

Work in groups about an ethical case (different opinion, discussions)

Field visits 

Shopping for cooking session

Slow Cooking session: multicultural dinner.


Day 5: Integration & evaluation week 1

Preparing posters – group work

Presentation of posters and feedback

Group work, reflection, evaluation and closing of first week


Free weekend


Week 2

Day 6: Deontology

Lecture: Error and patient safety

Cases from occupational therapy and social work

Introduction session for the assignment of second week (oral presentations)

International collaboration start-up of new groups

Group discussion


Day 7: Vulnerability

Lecture: Vulnerability

Group discussion

Field visits


Day 8: Empowerment

Lecture: Empowerment

Field visit

Preparation oral presentations


Day 9: An integrated perspective

Plenary sessions on participatory health, active citizenship, legal issues and empowerment.

Groupwork on cases

Groupwork: preparing oral presentations


Day 10: Evaluation

Oral presentation sessions

Evaluation of international module: individual and groupwork

Closing and good-bye activity


Day 11:Travel Day


*The programme description is subject to changes at any time

Timing and Location

Start date

2nd semester

    Start of programme

20th March 2023

    Official end date

1st April 2023



AP Campus Spoor Noord - Noorderplaats
Noorderplaats 2
2000 Antwerp


The registration deadline for the International module OS-Chanso:  2nd Semester (spring semester) -  1st November

Application procedure for short mobilities

Students who wish to participate in the 2-weeks OS-ChanSo module, can register by sending an e-mail to Erasmus students follow the procedure as described below. 

After the deadline, a selection will take place. Students will be advised within 4 weeks after the deadline of their approval/refusal.

There is no fee. Minor costs for copies, public transport and visits (50 euro) 

Application procedure for Erasmus students

This module can be combined with a traineeship if you wish to come as an Erasmus student. A minimum of 20 ECTS will be required. After the deadline, a selection will take place. Students will be advised before 15th November of their approval/refusal.

AP partner institutions should send an official nomination to the AP International Office ( 

After the selections, additional information will be given, pertaining to:

  • Welcome week and welcome day
  • Accommodation
  • Procedures for registration (residence permit)
  • Entry requirements
  • Activities, integration & facilities
  • Invitation letter, for visa purposes


AP awards 6 credits for this module. Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed successfully.  This module can be combined with a traineeship if you wish to come as an Erasmus student. A minimum of 20 ECTS will be required.

AP Grading Scale compared to the ECTS scale:


ECTS grade












FX FAIL (with possible deliberation)


F  FAIL (no deliberation possibility)