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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

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.

Atkinson, A.B. (2019). Measuring poverty around the world. 

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


Assessment Strategy

One assignment (4,000 words)


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( 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:

Accommodation and 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. All students are invited to attend a 4-day online workshop focusing on Ageing in the 21st Century and on preparation for the MSc Dissertation.

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).


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. Distance Learning students are also expected to have access to the internet, and to bear the cost of this themselves.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all GERO modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line. All learning information, including the MSc Student Handbook, Module Outlines and lecture handouts, is available online through Blackboard. If students wish to print out copies of the lecture slides or electronic readings, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves.


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.


All readings in all modules are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books, however students may prefer to buy their own copies of specific textbooks. These can be purchased from any source. Students on the modules GERO6014 and GERO6015 receive one key textbook via post. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module. 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

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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