Social Aging and Policy-making for the Elderly
- 15 ECTS
On the basis of
MGE4001 Introduction to Gerontology
Expected learning outcomes
- can apply knowledge about main features concerning the living conditions of the elderly in today's Norwegian society
- can discuss knowledge about the role of the elderly in working life, plans for retirement and retirement rights
- can discuss knowledge about the most important areas where the elderly constitute a resource in society and in family life
- can apply and discuss knowledge about the structure of, the financing of and the function of the most important welfare services the elderly make use of
- can apply the most important theories about social aging in one's own professional practice and discuss the most important terminology in life course research
- can apply knowledge about demographic conditions in aging societies nationally and internationally, and discuss how these constitute new frames for life course and family life and challenge the society's use of resources
- can understand and apply knowledge about questions of management and administrative challenges of special importance for work with and for the elderly
Within general competence:
- can contribute actively in the discussion of the most important aims and means in today's policy-making for the elderly
Demography and population trends;
Aging in a global perspective
Theories about social aging
Life course and role changes, the third and the fourth ages
Living conditions of the elderly
Attitudes and perceptions of the elderly, ageism
The elderly as a resource
Work, retirement and retirement behavior
Old age pensions and pension reform
Health and care services for the elderly
Relevant welfare technology
Main elements of policy-making for the elderly
Administration and management in the domain of the elderly
Important research methods within the field of social aging
Net Support Learning
Teaching Methods (additional text)
MGE4021 (Module 3) starts with a joint session for all students where time schedule and working requirements will be discussed for MGE4021 (Module 3) and appointments will be made for when the different groups are to meet.
Student groups from MGE4011 will be continued. Resource lectures connected to topics in MGE4021 (Module 3) will be given, and students will receive study assignments connected to these topics (see "Obligatory work requirements"). Later, students will also receive computer-based resource lectures. The rest of the study material will be studied via individual studies of literature and groupwise/computer- based discussion forums.
Underway, tutoring for the essay will be given.
Form(s) of Assessment
Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)
The student writes an essay of 4000 words connected to one of the topics in MGE4021 (Module3).
Assessment criteria are:
• A precise research question
• Professional understanding
• Clear precision of language/Clarity
• 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:
- Each student group works on the study assignments connected to the main topics in the lectures (see "Pedagogical methods").
- Towards the end of MGE4021 (Module 3) there will be arranged for a computer-based seminar where the student groups will present key course material to each other connected to the study assignments they have worked on.
- The groups will evaluate each other in relation to professional content and pedagogical presentation.
- Participation in tutoring for the essay
Professor Tor Inge Romøren