This module provides a critical understanding of the dynamics of ageing in Africa, drawing on empirical evidence. You will evaluate the policy implications of the context of ageing in Africa and critically examine the social, health and economic polices implemented across the continent. You will gain an understanding of the development of social gerontology in Africa and the national and international discourses regarding older age in the region. This module is multidisciplinary and draws on the health and social sciences disciplines.
Throughout the module you will develop an understanding of the linkages between ageing research and policy. You will be encouraged to critique the research presented, and evaluate policies in light of it. Examples will be drawn from across the continent and the diversity and importance of context for understanding experiences of ageing will be highlighted. The module provides an opportunity to identify and share your own examples of ageing research, policy and programmes as you actively contribute to the development of African gerontology.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Evaluate Africa's policies and programmes relating to older people and ageing in light of empirical evidence
- Describe key aspects of ageing in Africa and the policy challenges and responses
- Communicate in academic analytical writing through the preparation of assessed coursework
- Critically evaluate research evidence in relation to programme and policy responses
- Assess the linkages between research, policy and the development of health and social gerontology in Africa
The module will include online lectures on: the emergence of African gerontology and an ageing policy agenda; Social protection and pensions; Health and healthcare provision in older age; Care and support expectations and experiences; Gerontocracy; End of life care and expectation; Ageing and place, opportunities and challenges; Ageing and sexuality; Rights, rights violation and elder abuse; and policy processes in Africa
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module is built around lectures on African ageing research and policy. Learning activities include recorded-lectures, tasks related to the lectures, contributions to formal group discussion and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading before, after and/or during each session.
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Other. Module resources, such as lecture PowerPoint slides, audio-recordings of lectures, key readings, coursework details, discussion boards, references and module updates will be available on Blackboard. Students will be provided with guidance to use Skype for verbal/visual communication with tutors.
Resubmission of the 3000 word critical essay and the 2000 word policy brief report
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Policy Brief Report||50%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External