This module introduces you to the study of Gerontology as an interdisciplinary subject. You will be familiarised with 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.