This module provides you with a foundation of knowledge on demographic change and population ageing in a cross-cultural, global perspective. The module focuses on developing and transitional societies, and on linkages between different regions of the world. You will gain an understanding of the implications of contemporary demographic change for the welfare of individuals, families and societies; and an awareness of how, with globalisation, demographic, social and economic change in one part of the world impacts upon trends in another. The module takes an intergenerational and lifecourse approach by stressing the close interaction between generations, and between older and younger selves, in the production of risk and welfare in later life. You will be introduced to examples from around the world, including Southeast, East and South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Integrate information from different disciplines
- Use writing and critical analysis via the preparation of coursework
- Interpret qualitative and quantitative data
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different systems of securing old-age welfare, and assess the role of broader political and economic contexts in shaping these systems
- Locate relevant literature and published data
- Present quantitative and/or qualitative evidence in written coursework
- Demonstrate understanding of the interconnections between demographic processes, globalisation, political economy and the lifecourse in shaping welfare in old age
The module will include lectures on demographic concepts, measures and data sources; the global shift in population size and age structures; widening gaps in longevity and health; theories around old-age welfare and security; the impact of HIV/AIDS on older people; the changing nature of family and kin support; social protection, ageing and development; ageing in post-socialist transitional economies; the role of civil society in providing old age security; the impact of migration on older people’s lives; careworker migration.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include lectures and lecturer-led seminars and an optional tutorial on creating graphs and tables from demographic data. Learning activities include lecturer-led seminar discussions, student group discussion, independent study, the creation of graphs and tables to represent demographic and health data, writing an essay and demographic country report. One session is taken up by a structured student debate.
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Module resources available on BlackBoard include lecture handouts, coursework details, references and module updates. In addition, resources include specially ordered texts located in the University library, copied readings in module reading boxes in the Hartley library, readings as electronic Reserve Collection items, and details of specialist websites. Students will be provided with guidance on how to locate, present and interpret demographic data..
Scharf, T. and N. Keating (2012). From inclusion to exclusion in old age: A global challenge. Bristol: Policy Press.
Kunkel, S. R., Brown, J. S., & Whittington, F. J. (2014). Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Dannefer, D. and C. Phillipson (eds) (2010). The Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology. London: Sage.
Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2010). Population Ageing and International Development: From Generalisation to Evidence. Bristol: Policy Press.
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