Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The main objective for the student is to get
an insight into how psychological aspects of normal ageing is studied and be able to use this knowledge to promote psychological well-being for the elderly: Applied psychology and Social psychology.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to:
-have an insight into how ageing is studied within the disciplines psychology and social psychology and how you can apply this knowledge in your work within elderly service
- demonstrate an understanding of normal ageing from a psychological point of view

Course contents

-Psychological aspects of age prejudice and discrimination and how to challenge these prejudices
-how ageing is studied from a psychological perspective
- Ageing and specific psychological functions
- Wisdom and creativity trends
- Practical implications of research into mental
- Personality and adaptation in old age
- Stress, crises - coping and adaptation

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Preferably basic studies in psychology

Recommended or required reading

Atchley R. C. 2004. Social Forces and Ageing.
An introduction to Social Gerontology. Belmont.
Wadsworth Publishing Company. Chapter 5.
ISBN 0-534-53694-8.
Slater R. 1995. The Psychology of Growing Old,
Looking Forward. Buckingham. Open University
Press. ISBN 0-335-19318-8.
Thompson N. 1995. Age and Dignity. Working
with Older People. Aldershot: Arena. ISBN 1-85742-

Current research articles
Research articles

Further reference literature will be presented

Study activities

  • Lectures - 45 hours
  • Individual studies - 88 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 88 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 45 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods



Gustafs Christel


Gustafs Christel

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

Date of examination will be announced later - Exams

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