20 credits at level HE4
Increasing numbers of frail older people in society appear to be a burden which is a drain on available resources.The challenge of critical gerontology is to go beyond a problematising approach and to highlight counter discourses, including those which stress not only the social construction of old age but the potential opportunities created by a more educated older population, in relative good health. A model which stresses productive ageing based on active citizenship and self reliance has emerged which emphases the importance of continuing education and engagement in the labour market.The implications of a culturally diverse population will also be explored through a consideration of ageing and ethnicity including the effects of global migration.
demographic background to ageing, global and UK
modernization theory and the double jeopardy theory of ageism and racism
political economy perpective
social construction of old age
older people as consumers
international dimension and the effects of global migration on aging populations
Students will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and case studies. They will be presented with current issues of local concern regarding older people through outside speakers. Methods of teaching will be interactive and allow for specialisation in areas related to student work or interest.Students will specialise for their assessment in some issue relating gerontological theory to applied health /social policy.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Critically assess competing theoretical perspectives on ageing||Confirm this in the 5.000 word paper on a negotiated topic|
|2.||Possess a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current research in social gerontology eg social exclusion, retirement, community care||Confirm this through a written paper/oral presentaion|
|3.||Evaluate the impact of social policy by relating to own field of work in health /social care||Present a 10 minute seminar paper on a negotiated topic|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||5,000 word essay||presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Arber, S. and Ginn ,J. (eds) 1995 Connecting Gender and Ageing : A Sociological Approach Buckingham:Open University.
Bernard, M. and Phillips, J. 2002 The challenge of ageing in tomorrow`s Britain Ageing and Society 20.33-54
Blakemore, K, and Boneham, M. 1994 Age , Race and Ethnicity Buckingham : Open University
Bytheway, B. 1995 Ageism Buckingham:Open University
Davey, J. 2003 Active ageing and education in mid and later life Ageing and Society
Gardner K. 2002 Age, Narrative and Migration Oxford:Berg:
Gelfand D. 2003 Aging and Ethnicity Springer :New York
Jamieson, A., Harper, S. and Victor, C. 1997 Critical Approaches to Ageing and Later Life Buckingham :Open University
Hepworth , M. 2000 Stories of Ageing Buckingham: Open University
Markides K. and Miranda M.( eds) 1997 Minorities, Aging and Health London: Sage
Phillipson C. 1982 Capitalism and the Construction of Old Age London: Macmillan
Wilson, G. 2000 Understanding Old Age London: Sage
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
|User Name||Date Accessed||Action|