This online module is designed to challenge knowledge and understanding of health and social care issues affecting the older person in a range of contexts and cultures. Following a critical review of the evolution of theories of ageing, students are supported to consider contemporary implications, challenges and experiences related to the wellbeing of older people and to consider what the life-course perspective brings to social gerontology.
The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing.
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Course Director to discuss further before making an application.
Experience of supporting older people in a health, social care, social work or third sector/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is recommended.
Please note: this course is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English Language Requirements.
If you don't meet the required score and are UK based, you may be able to register for one of our pre sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.
On completion of the module, students are expected to:
The module is delivered entirely online. We anticipate that some students may be working in posts that require on-call or shift working (day/nights), or may be in different time zones. To enhance the student experience and maximise online participation, this module will be delivered flexibly. Online teaching sessions, pre-recorded material, interaction on social media and asynchronous discussion boards will complement real time module engagement.
Assessment: 4000 word essay.
This course equips students with the knowledge and skills that they can utilise within their professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGO. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care. They will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to their professional careers.