The compulsory modules which must be taken as part of the programme are:
The optional modules which can be taken as part of the programme are:
Kinsella, K., Wan, H. & U.S. Census Bureau 2009, An Aging World: 2008, International Population Reports, P95/09-1, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
Haupt, A & Kane, T 2004, Population Reference Bureau's Population Handbook, 5th International Edition, Population Reference Bureau, Washington, D.C.
J. Andersen, A. Guillemard, P. Jensen and B. Pfau-Effinger (2005) The Changing Face of Welfare: consequences and outcomes from a citizenship perspective Bristol: The Policy Press
This module is designed to introduce students to the study of the policy making process and the role of policy analysis. It aims to give a comprehensive survey of the key literature, themes and issues in the study of policy making by critically examining the ideas of the 'policy cycle' and its several ‘stages’. Specifically, the course aims to:
• provide students with a thorough grounding in the theories and concepts of policy analysis
• explore in a critical fashion the idea of a policy cycle
• illuminate the factors which bear upon the decision process in governmental settings
• illustrate core themes through a series of policy case studies
• review the roles and contributions of a range of actors to the policy process
Drawing on theories and perspectives of social science, and configuration and practices of healthcare services, this module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the challenges faced by ageing populations in maintaining health and wellbeing across the adult lifecourse. The module will emphasise the influence of a rapidly changing social context on older people’s experience of health, and society’s management of health and illness in ageing populations.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
1. Social science approaches to the study of identity, personality, nature of personal relationships and social (dis)advantage of ageing.
2. The contributions of ageing, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic and physical factors, to health and illness in later life.
3. How individuals and families respond to health and illness in older adults, including formal and informal care.
4. Societal responses to health and illness in later life through health policy development, healthcare services and legislative means.
5. The changing context of life for older people and the possible effect of this on their health and wellbeing.
Binstock RH, George LK. (2006) Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (6th edition) Academic Press, Burlington, MA
Bond J, Peace S, Dittmann-Kohli F, Westerhof G. (2007) Ageing in Society. Sage, London
Johnson ML. (2005) The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
R.C Tallis, and HM Fillit, (eds) Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. 6th edition Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.
• Be able to source large social science datasets and associated documentation
• Understand how complex social science large scale datasets are structured and the implications of this
• Be able to manipulate, recode and compute variables and understand how missing data can be dealt with
• Learn how to combine datasets, and aggregate and disaggregate data from different files in a relational database
• Learn how to transform the structure of datasets from long form to short form and vice versa
• Learn complex computation of derived variables including do loops and lag functions
• Have practical experience of the manipulation of complex datasets to answer questions of importance in the context of health and social research
Levesque, R and SPSS Inc. (2009) Programming and Data Management for SPSS Statistics 17.0. A Guide for SPSS Statistics and SAS Users . SPSS Inc: Chicago.
Field, A. (2009) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. Third Edition. SAGE:
2. de Vaus, DA 2002, Surveys in Social Research. 5th Edition, Routledge, London.
3. Bowling, A 1997, Research methods in health: Investigating health and health services, Open University Press, Buckingham.
This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the ethical approaches and governance of health and social science research, as applied to sensitive issues and vulnerable populations. The module will explore contrasting responses from different interest groups and theoretical standpoints, including the social and behavioural sciences, and public and social policy where appropriate. NB: The module will not cover issues relating to basic clinical research.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of:
1. The fundamental ethical considerations and legal frameworks underpinning health and social science research.
2. The ethical considerations arising throughout the research process: from initial project concept to research governance and dissemination.
3. Consent, capability and autonomy in research participation.
4. The general principles and practices underpinning the interests and protection of vulnerable research participants, including confidentiality and anonymity.
5. The dilemmas and required responses to ‘wearing two hats’ of clinician and researcher.
6. Ethical and practical issues relating to the safety of researchers
Beauchamp TL, Childress JF. (2001) Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 5th edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Iphofen R. (2009) Ethical decision making in social research: a practical guide. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Mauthner M, Birch M, Jessop J, Miller T (eds) (2002) Ethics in Qualitative Research. London, Sage