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GERO6011 Ageing, Health & Well-Being (DL)

Module Overview

To provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the area of social policy, health and well-being in later life. You will be introduced to key issues and literature concerning the current structure and workings of the welfare state, focusing on the health and social care for older people. You will become familiar with the debates and literature on inequalities in health and the use of health care services in later life; the mixed economy of social care and the role of different providers (state, family, voluntary, private); different models of residential care; needs assessment; and partnership working. The module will examine the relative importance of different factors in the quality of life of older people and how policy can influence these.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Understand the links between the ageing process and health status, and the health implications of ageing for older people and their carers. • Evaluate critically the factors affecting the health and social care of older people. • Understand and evaluate major national initiatives in social policy for older people; in particular, assess the effectiveness of health and social care policies and initiatives for the quality of life of older people.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Skills in summarising and critically discussing literature.
  • Written communication skills through the preparation of assessed coursework.
  • Skills in preparing a short PowerPoint presentation on a specific topic


The module will include online lectures on: the contemporary British welfare state focusing on theorganisation, finance and delivery of health care and social care; social policy, older people and quality of life; health and well-being in later life; healthy active ageing; inequalities in health and use of health care services; different models of residential care; mixed economy of social care and the role of different providers (state, family, voluntary, private); needs assessment; partnership working; informal carers and work-life balance; the future prospects of retirement communities in Britain and the developed world. The module will also include a session on ‘Essay Writing Skills’ and a session on‘Oral Presentation Skills’.

Special Features

One or two outside experts are invited to give 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

Independent Study172
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Marmot, M, Banks, J, Blundell, R, Lessof, C, and Nazroo, J (2003). Health, Wealth and Lifestyles of the Older Population in England. The 2002 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. 

Module resources will be available on Blackboard, such as lecture PowerPoint slides, audiorecordings of lectures, key readings, coursework details, discussion boards and wikis, references and module updates. Students will be provided with guidance to use . 

Easterbrook, L (2003). Moving On From Community Care: The Treatment, Care and Support of Older People in England,. 

Evans, O, Singleton, N, Meltzer, H, Stewart, R and Prince, M (2003). The Mental Health of Older People. 

Focus on Older People.

Davey Smith, G (ed) (2003). Health Inequalities: Life Course Approaches. 

Alcock, P, Erskine, A and May, M (2012). The Student’s Companion to Social Policy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 60%
Presentation 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%
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