Professional studies

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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the living conditions and quality of life of older people in the post modern society.

Learning outcomes

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

- define quality of life and main concepts related to quality of life.
- be aware of the most important determinants of quality of life in old age.
- explain the relationship between objective and subjective dimensions of quality of life.
-present, discuss and describe how different factors influence on quality of life of senior citizens.

Course contents

Quality of life and related concepts
Determinants of quality of life in old age
Dimensions of quality of life

During this course the students do an individual assignment were they discuss and describe different factors influencing quality of life in old age. In this assignment students refer correctly to current literature and research articles. The individual assignments are presented in a seminar.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basics in gerontology

Additional information

Compulsory attendance at lectures, literature search, seminars.

The student is required to meet the teacher at least once for discussion and tutoring before the seminar.

Recommended or required reading

Bond, J. & Corner, L. (2004) Quality of life and older people. Berkshire: Open University Press.
Gubrium, J.F. & Holstein, J.A. (Eds) (2000) Aging and everyday life. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 3 hours
  • Laboratory lessons and tasks in a simulated environment - 3 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 27 hours
  • Individual studies - 80 hours
  • - 20 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 100 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 33 hours

Mode of Delivery

Supported virtual education

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • Reports and productions

Assessment requirements

Written assignment grading 1-5
Both the content of the paper and the scientific writing are assessed.
Seminars, attendance mandatory


  • Sanila Marjaana
  • Skogster Annika


Sanila Marjaana

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

-Introduktion to the course 23.3.11.
-Web meeting 31.3. and 5.4.
-Seminar plan ready for presentation to the teacher 11.4.11.
-Presentation, tutoring and discussion with the teacher 13.-29.4.11
-Seminar ready 6.5.
-presentations 12.5.klo 9.00 - 13.00 and 13.5. klo 9.00 - 12.45

Assessment methods

  • 2011-05-30 - Exams
  • 2011-04-11 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2011-05-06 - Reports and productions

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