Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to be acquinted with the basic principles of organising health care and social services in Finland and in Europe.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to

- describe and explain the structure and organisation of health care and social services for elderly people in Finland.
- recognize and understand the legal basis for the care and services for elderly people in Finland.
- present different types of care and social services for elderly people in Finland.
- understand and discuss the care and service needs of the elderly and how these needs can be assessed.
- make comparisons between the elderly care system in Finland and in other countries in Europe (in order to demonstrate specific features of the Finnish elderly care model).
- aware of structural changes and future challenges in Finnish elderly care.

Course contents

Care and services for older people
Ageing policy and legislation
Values and ethical principles
Needs assessment and the service plan
Sturctural changes in elderly care

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basics in gerontology

Recommended or required reading

Ministary of Social Affairs and Health (2008) National frameworks for high-quality services for older people.

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (2008) Statuary Social and Health Services in Finland.

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (2006) Social Welfare in Finland

Vaarama, M., Luomahaara, J., Peiponen, A., Voutilainen, P. 2001. The Whole Municipality Working Together for Older People. Perspectives on the Development of Elderly People´s Independent Living, Care and Services.

related articles, handouts and reports

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 20 hours
  • Project work and productions - 0 hours
  • Individual studies - 83 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 83 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 50 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations:
Examination 1 Social service
Examination 2.Health care
(examinations include written examination tests, demonstrations and presentations, reports and productions, essays, and also presence at specified occasions)

The examinations contribute to the final grade as follows: ...


  • Dahl Birgitta
  • Törnqvist Maj-Len


Törnqvist Maj-Len

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2009-04-27 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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