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GERO6026 Global Perspectives in Gerontology (DL)

Module Overview

The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include lectures, informal group discussions and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of each session, in order to be able to participate in discussions.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of ageing and life course
  • Summarise key aspects of population ageing, for example relating to its determinants and/or its implications for social and economic resources across the life course and in later life.
  • Identify and locate relevant literature through the use of University resources
  • Use skills in summarising and critically discussing literature, and also your written communication skills developed through the preparation of assessed coursework.

Syllabus

The module will include online lectures on: an introduction to the study of Gerontology; the demography of ageing; the epidemiology of ageing; gender and ageing; key theoretical perspectives on ageing; the theory of the life course and life course transitions; the psychology of ageing and adjustment in later life; inter-generational relations, family support and social networks; an introduction to social policy and the welfare state; material resources in later life; work and retirement around the world; perspectives on health and social care policies around the world.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include lectures, informal group discussions and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of each session, in order to be able to participate in discussions. A Discussion Board is made available on Blackboard. Students can post general questions in the Q&A folder in the Discussion Board. Module convenors will post answers via Discussion Board in order to ensure that all students receive the same level of information regarding to the module. Students should subscribe to the Discussion Board and check Blackboard regularly so that the most updated information is not missed. For any questions concerning privacy, students should always send emails to module convenors. Timely module information is also posted in the announcements section, and emailed to students. Module communication: Students are welcome to contact module convenors and lecturers by Discussion Board on Blackboard, in addition to by email. The Discussion Board may also be used to post links to articles and other media items that relate to the lectures, and we also would encourage you to feel free to post about items that you would like to share with your student cohort.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study176
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Dannefer, D. and Philipson, C. (eds) (2013). The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Critical Literature Review of 3,500 words (100% of the grade)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review  (3500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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).

Hardware

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.

Stationery

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.

Textbooks

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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