Global Issues in Ageing Societies

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. 

Content includes:

  • International demographic trends and generational expectations in a range of populations and cultures
  • Critical reflection of the impact of ageing on individuals, families and populations
  • The impact of sensory changes and conditions of ageing
  • Ageing and intersectionality: understanding of diverse experiences of ageing, including among prisoners, members of the travelling community, people with a learning disability and indigenous populations
  • Critical reflection on how age and ageing are constructed, exploring how theories of ageing have evolved to more recent debates of ageing as a social construction and active ageing. 

The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing. Click here for the MSc in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing course website and flyer.

Study method: Online only, Stand-alone modules, Distance learning

  • Module code NURP011
  • Start date 10 September 2018
  • Duration 15 weeks
  • Days on campus 0
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
  • Fees TBC
  • Overseas Fees TBC
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Entrance Requirements

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:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

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:

  1. Demonstrate critical awareness and knowledge of gerontological theories and approaches to ageing.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ageing process.
  3. Develop advanced skills to synthesise, analyse and integrate evidence to promote best practice in the care of the older person within practice settings.
  4. Critically reflect on the experiences of the older person within a local, national and global context.

Delivery and Assessment

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

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Karen Watchman


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. 




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