Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of gerontology and elderly service.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student should:
- have basic knowledge of gerontology
- have basic knowledge of cultural perspectives and cross-cultural communication

Course contents

Introduction to human ageing:
- Ageing and old age; definitions and concepts
- The ageing population; demographic trends
- Philosophical and cultural aspects of ageing and old age
- cultural perspective, applied anthropology and cross-cultural communication through interactive learning
- What is gerontology?
- What is a geronom? Visits by geronoms.

Through the reading material get an introduction to research material:
- the structure of a research article and to find scientific articles on EBSCO
- the most basic keywords in science and research articles

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Recommended or required reading

Recommended literature:
Athley, R.C. (2004) Social forces and aging. An introduction to social gerontology. United States: Wadsworth. Chapter 1.
Articles and handouts presented during the course for example by Anneli Sarvimäki.
Extra reading:
Binstock, R.H. (2006) Handbook of ageing and the social sciences. Academic Press
Biggs, S. (1996) Understanding ageing. Images, attitudes and professional practice. Buckingham: Open University Press
Daatland, S.O. & Biggs, S. (Red) (2006) Ageing and diversity. Multiple pathways and cultural migrations. Bristol: The Policy Press. Chapter 1.
Holmes,E.R.& Holmes,L.D.1995. Other Cultures, Elder Years. United States: Sage Publications.
Articles and handouts presented during the course.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 10 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 63 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 63 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 70 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Reports and productions


Gustafs Christel


Gustafs Christel

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • 2010-10-22 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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