The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of demographic, biological and health related aspects of ageing, and their individual and societal implications. This module is a core or compulsory module for all the Gerontology postgraduate programmes.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of trends in population ageing, causes and consequences.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of issues in the biology and genetics of ageing.
- Understand mortality and morbidity patterns, trends, and differentials.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of intergenerational transfers in later life, such as living arrangements and care, and their relation to changing demographic factors.
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of migration patterns at older ages and migration theories.
- Analyse the policy implications of population ageing.
- 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.
- Timonen, V, 2008, Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction, Maidenhead, Berkshire, Open University Press.
Dr Karen Glaser
Module assessment - more information
1 x 3 hour exam (50%)
1 x 3000 word essay (50%)