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GERO6022 Poverty and Social Protection Around The World (DL)

Module Overview

The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include audio-lectures, which include trigger questions, and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of listening to each session, in order to make the most of the sessions.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand key components of social protection in high- and low-income countries around the world.
  • Summarise major trends in the provision of social protection around the world.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the measurement of poverty in later life in high- and low-income countries around the world.
  • Use skills in summarising and critically discussing literature; and written communication skills developed through the preparation of assessed Coursework


The module includes online audio-recorded lectures on: Introduction to the module; The principles of social protection; Contributory Vs. non-contributory schemes of pension protection; Understanding and measuring poverty in later life in high-income countries; Understanding and measuring poverty in later life in low-income countries; Policy responses to poverty in later life; Social protection in European countries; Social protection in African case studies; Social protection in Asian case studies; Livelihoods and vulnerability in later life; Gender differences in pension protection; and Cohort differences in pension protection.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Online audio-recorded lectures. Learning activities include: Online lectures and independent study. Assessments: 1 assignment of no more than 4,000 words

Independent Study176
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

Barrientos, A. and Hulme, D. (eds) ( (2008)). Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest. Concepts, Policies and Politics.. 

Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2010). Population Ageing and International Development. From generalisation to evidence.. 

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

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

Other. Module resources will be available on Blackboard, such as lecture PowerPoint slides, audiorecordings of lectures, key readings, coursework details, references and module updates. Students will be provided with guidance to use Skype for verbal/visual communication with tutors.


Assessment Strategy

One assignment (4,000 words)


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Conference expenses

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any 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.


Participating in the Distance Learning programme requires the student to already have access to a PC/ laptop. Students may also wish to purchase their own PC/laptop or tablet in order to access Blackboard. Headphones are sent to the Distance Learning students in receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship via post as part of their tuition fees at the beginning of their programme. Distance Learning students are also expected to have access to the internet, and to bear the cost of this themselves.


All students on the MSc Gerontology (DL) or MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme are invited to attend a 4-day Residential Course in Southampton, however for those students who are in receipt of Commonwealth scholarships, this Course is obligatory, and the travel, accommodation and basic subsistence costs are covered as part of their Scholarship.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all GERO modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line. Distance Learning students are provided hard copies of the MSc Student Handbook, Module Outlines and other key learning materials (eg. Module Outlines) via the post at the beginning of their programme, as part of their tuition fees. If students wish to print out copies of the lecture slides or electronic readings, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves.

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


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.


Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically 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. Students on the DL programme receive key textbooks as part of their tuition fees at the beginning of the programme via post. 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

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