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GERO6018 Perspectives in Gerontology

Module Overview

The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include lectures, informal group discussions and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of each session, in order to be able to participate in discussions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module introduces you to the study of Gerontology as an interdisciplinary subject. You will be familiarised with the main theoretical perspectives and approaches to the study of ageing and the life course. You will examine the causes and consequences of ageing at the level of individuals and populations. This involves investigating the social, physical and mental changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. The module combines insights from Social Policy, Demography, Sociology, Biology, Psychology and Economics.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Summarise and critically discuss literature
  • Summarise major trends in the speed and nature of population ageing and their determinants
  • Demonstrate awareness of key changes in the life course over the last 100 years and their implications for family relations, paid work and economic and social resources in later life
  • Use written communication skills developed through the preparation of assessed coursework

Syllabus

The module will include online lectures on: an introduction to the study of Gerontology; the demography of ageing (UK & Europe); the biology and epidemiology of ageing; the psychology of ageing and adjustment in later life; key theoretical perspectives on ageing and the life course; life course transitions, experiences and identity; the history of the British welfare state and key issues in the development of welfare provision; work and retirement; material resources in later life; intergenerational relations and family support; ageing, gender and inequality. The module will also include one session on ‘Library and Online Resources’ and one session on ‘Essay Writing Skills’.

Special Features

One or two outside experts are invited to give a couple of online guest lectures on particular topics; for example, an academic from other universities researching a particular topic, an international author, a policy analyst, or a senior manager in local government or in the third sector.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include lectures, informal group discussions and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of each session, in order to be able to participate in discussions.

TypeHours
Independent Study176
Teaching24
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Vincent, J. et al (eds.) (2006). The Futures of Old Age. 

Module resources. Module resources available on BlackBoard include lecture PowerPoint slides, seminar readings,coursework details, exercises, references and module updates. In addition, resources also includespecially ordered texts located in the University library, copied readings in module reading boxes inthe Hartley library, ageing information CD in Hartley library and details of specialist websites

Phillips, J. et al (2010). Key Concepts in Social Gerontology. 

Victor, C. (2005). The Social Context of Ageing. 

Dannefer, D. and Phillipson, C. (2010). The Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Critical Literature Review of 2,000 words (40% of grade) Essay of 3,000 words (60% of grade)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 60%
Literature review  (2000 words) 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Conference expenses

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as conference registration fees). Travel: Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated. If students incur any travel costs associated with conducting their dissertation research, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves.

Hardware

Students have access to workstations in the Hartley Library and in Computer rooms around the campus. Students may wish to purchase their own laptop/PC/tablet.

Parking costs (including on placements at hospitals)

For students not residing in Southampton, paid parking is available on the University campus. Maps of the campuses can be downloaded from here: http://www.southampton....southampton.page#by_car

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all GERO modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line. However, for some modules outside Gerontology, there are some items where students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton....or_students/faq.php#594 .

Software Licenses

Licenses relating to software used in the programme (eg. SPSS, NVivo) are purchased by the University, and students can download them from the iSolutions website using their username and password.

Stationery

You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.

Textbooks

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings in Gerontology are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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