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This subject offers an opportunity to critically consider the place of older adults in contemporary societies and in social policy. We will examine together how adulthood, from midlife on into deep old age, is socially constructed and the ways in which particular aspects of adult ageing are emphasised in the policy arena. To this end, the subject involves three elements: Firstly, an introduction to key concepts and theories that can be used to understand adult ageing. Secondly, an examination of social problems associated with later life. Thirdly, some of the policy approaches aimed to address problems as identified. Students will be encouraged to reflectively examine their own experience, national policy frameworks and professional practice as part of this process
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should have an appreciation and understanding of:
- the different ways in which adult ageing is socially constructed;
- how to apply concepts from social gerontology to a variety of policy settings;
- the influence of adult ageing on personal identities;
- the influence of adult ageing on intergenerational relationships;
- the relationship between social structures, cultures and ageing;
- the problems of ageing societies and their relevance to the helping professions;
- the influences affecting national and international policy on ageing.
On completion of this subject students should:
- be able to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
- be able to demonstrate proficiency in the application of policy analysis skills to empirical problems;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Last updated: 3 November 2022