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GERO6028 Ageing and Health (DL)

Module Overview

This module aims to provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the area of ageing and health.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the area of ageing and health. You will be introduced to key issues and literature focusing on the health of 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; and be briefly introduced to the mixed economy of social care and the role of different providers (state, family, voluntary, private). The module will examine the relative importance of different factors affecting the quality of life of older people.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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 of older people.
  • Develop your oral communication skills through participation in interactive lectures.
  • Develop your written communication skills through the preparation of assessed coursework.


The module will include sessions on: 1) Introduction and Definitions, measures and patterns in health and wellbeing 2) Biological markers and interventions, and measuring population ageing 3) Subjective measures of ageing 4) Inequalities in health 5) Conceptualising and measuring active and healthy ageing 6) Informal care provision as part of the mixed economy of care

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

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught by means of 6 2-hour interactive lectures which are audio-recorded and available via Blackboard. The lectures of the module focus on ageing and health. Learning activities include the interactive audio-recorded lectures and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of each session.

Independent Study88
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Dannefer, D. and Philipson, C. (eds.) (2010). The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology. 

Glasby, J. (2012). Understanding Health and Social Care. 

Vincent, J. A., Phillipson, C. and Downs, M. (eds.) (2006). The Futures of Old Age. 

Phillips, J., Ajrouch, K. and Hillcoat-Nalletamby, S. (2010). Key Concepts in Social Gerontology. 

Victor, C. (2005). The Social Context of Ageing: A Textbook of Gerontology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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