Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Health Care and Nursing
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Diversity in Nursing
Course unit code 081611051004
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 1
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 1
Name of lecturer(s) Andrea KUCKERT-WÖSTHEINRICH, Christine POMIKAL

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Nursing internship 1-4

Course content
  • Concepts of diversity
  • Diversity as a resource
  • Dealing with stereotypes and prejudices
  • Critical consideration of the concepts of culture, gender, age, ethnic background, spirituality, sexual orientation, disability
  • Diversity in nursing teams
  • Collaboration with lay, cultural and professional interpreters.

Learning outcomes


  • will develop an understanding of aspects of their work that are sensitive in terms of patients’ gender, age and culture
  • will be able to transfer knowledge from role plays to professional practice
  • will be able to use creative methods when dealing with diversity
  • will be able to reflect on their behaviour

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Presentation
  • Reflection
  • Feedback
  • Role play

Assessment methods and criteria

Written paper



Recommended or required reading
  • Berry, J.W. (2004): Fundamental Psychological Processes in Intercultural Relations. In: Dan Landis / Janet Bennett / Milton Bennett (Hrsg.): Handbook of Intercultural Training, Vol. 3. Thousand Oaks: SAGE. S. 166–184.
  • Bhabha, H. K. (2004). The Location of Culture. Abingdon: Routledge. p. 55.
  • Domenig, Dagmar; Altorfer, Andreas (2015): Transkulturelle Kompetenz: Lehrbuch für Pflege-, Gesundheits- und Sozialberufe. Bern: Hans Huber
  • Domenig, Dagmar (Hg.) (2007): Transkulturelle Kompetenz. Lehrbuch für Pflege-, Gesundheits- und Sozialberufe. 2., vollständig überarbeitete Auflage. Bern: Hans Huber.
  • Harold, Barbara (Hrsg.) (2013): Wege zur transkulturellen Pflege. Mit Kommunikation Brücken bauen. Wien: Facultas.
  • Helman, C.G. (2007). The body: cultural definitions of anatomy and physiology. In: Culture, Health and Illness. Abingdon: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. Fifth editio
  • Limbo, P. (2014). Transcultural Nursing Theory and Models: Application in Nursing Education, Practice, and Administration. New York : Springer Publishing Company. eBook.
  • Limbo, P. (2014). Transcultural Nursing Theory and Models: Application in Nursing Education, Practice, and Administration. New York : Springer Publishing Company. eBook.
  • Rásky, Éva (Hrsg.)(2009): Gesundheit hat Bleiberecht. Migration und Gesundheit. Wien: Facultas.
  • Schilder, M. & Brandenburg, H. (2020). Transkulturelle Pflege – Grundlagen und Praxis. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag.
  • Schnepp, Wilfried; Walter, Ilsemarie. (2010): Multikulturalität in Pflege und Gesellschaft. Wien: Böhlau.
  • Welsch, R. L. & Vivanco, L. A. (2018). Asking Questions About Cultural Anthropology
  • A Concise Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2nd edition.
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    •    Gender, Sex, and Sexuality: The Fluidity of Maleness and Femaleness
    •    Kinship, Marriage, and the Family: Love, Sex, and Power
    •    Religion: Ritual and Belief

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face course