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Population, Ageing & Policy (Module)

Module description

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:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of trends in population ageing, causes and consequences.
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of issues in the biology and genetics of ageing.
  3. Understand mortality and morbidity patterns, trends, and differentials.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of intergenerational transfers in later life, such as living arrangements and care, and their relation to changing demographic factors.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of migration patterns at older ages and migration theories.
  6. Analyse the policy implications of population ageing.

Indicative Readings:

  1. 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.
  2. Timonen, V, 2008, Ageing Societies: A Comparative Introduction, Maidenhead, Berkshire, Open University Press.

Staff information

Dr Karen Glaser

Teaching pattern

Lectures

Module assessment - more information

1 x 3 hour exam (50%)
1 x 3000 word essay (50%)

 

 

Key information

Module code 7SSHM500

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No