The Psychology of Aging and Psychogeriatrics
- 15 ECTS
On the basis of
MGE4001 Introduction to Gerontology
Expected learning outcomes
Within the field of knowledge:
- can apply and discuss knowledge about the mental and cognitive resources of the elderly
- can apply and discuss knowledge about family- and sex ratio of importance for the psychology of aging
- can apply and discuss knowledge about sorrow, loss and emergencies among the elderly
- is able to set psychological aging processes into a development-psychological perspective
- can distinguish between the most important psycho-geriatric conditions and discuss forms of treatment for these
- can apply and discuss knowledge about the organization and management of forms of treatment within Psychogeriatrics and dementia care
Within general competence:
- has a conscious and critical relationship to one's own knowledge and skills within psychological aging and psychogeriatrics
Development-psychological perspectives of aging
Aging and personality
Aging in a sexual perspective
Aging, relations of family and generation
Learning, memory and intelligence
Perception and motor skills
Loneliness, sorrow and loss reactions
Mastering and mastering strategies
Relevant welfare technology
Depression and anxiety
Challenges within administration and management within psychogeriatrics and dementia care
Important research methods within the field of the Psychology of aging
Net Support Learning
Teaching Methods (additional text)
MGE4011 (Module 2) starts with a common joint session for all the students. The students will be divided into groups. Each of these groups will conduct seminars along with the lecturers and staff. Time schedule and work requirements for MGE4011 (Module 2) will be discussed, and one agrees on meeting times for each group. In addition, resource lectures for topics in MGE4011 (Module 2) will be held. Each student group will also receive assignments connected to these topics (see "Obligatory work requirements").
Computer-based resource lectures will also be given, distributed across MGE4011 (Module 2). The remaining course material will be studied via individual studies of literature and groupwise/computerbased discussion forums.
Tutoring for essay will be given during this period.
Form(s) of Assessment
Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)
The student writes an essay of 4000 words connected to the topic the psychology of aging. The essay is to be handed in by the end of MGE4011 the Psychology of Aging and Psychogeriatrics (Module two) and will be assessed according to the current marking scale. The requirements are higher than for the essay from MGE4001 Introduction to Gerontology (Module one).
The assessment criteria are:
• A precise research question
• Professional understanding
• Clear precision of language
• Logical structure
• Ethical reflections
• Conclusions based on documentation in the text
Both the essay and the pedagogical presentation at the seminar are to be included in the portfolio.
Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)
A new essay must be presented for assessment in agreement with the course coordinator
Obligatory work requirements:
1. Each student group works on study assignments connected to the topics in the lecture (see "Pedagogical methods").
2. Towards the end of MGE4011 (Module 2) a computer-based seminar will be organized. Here the students shall present important parts of the subject material connected to the course assignments they have worked with to each other.
3. Participation in tutoring for the essay
Professor Per Erik Solem