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Title Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Active Ageing Research
Course number 2688
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 4.5
Date 2021-02-08 -- 2021-04-30
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to enable the students to develop an in-depth knowledge of theoretical and methodological challenges in ageing research and to analyse research questions within a framework of different ageing theories with a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Intended learning outcomes The students shall be able to:

Theorize on complexity of research directed towards older people, and reflect on methodological challenges in ageing research

Analyse research on ageing from a multi-disciplinary perspective within the framework of different ageing theories

Critically judge and hypothesize on research questions within the field of ageing from different disciplinary viewpoints
Contents of the course To reach the intended learning outcomes, the course will be built on the research projects of the students involved. Definitions and concepts relevant for the focus of those projects will be penetrated to make students aware of their own frame of reference and of the theory that forms a base for their research design.

The course will include an overview of current ageing research issues within different professional and scientific domains in health, covering health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, rehabilitation and preservation of function. A focus on a persons resources for developing an active life, and their possible implications in research will be analysed.
Teaching and learning activities The course will be digital. Recorded and live lectures (Zoom), seminars, group work, study of and group discussions on scientific literature and individual work based on each student's research project.
Compulsory elements Active participation in the seminars, which are mandatory. Absence from a seminar must be compensated by means of a written task, suggested by the course leader.
Examination The students will be examined with a written assignment related to the student's research project. The paper will be presented and discussed at a pre-seminar. The paper shall include an ageing theory on the student's research project and reflections of stregths and weaknesses.The paper should include an attempt to apply a multi-disciplinary approach on the project.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:
Bengtson V, Silverstein M, Putney N, Gans D. Handbook of Theories of Aging. 3rd edition. New York: Springer; 2016.
Curry L, Shield R, Wetle T (Eds). Improving aging and public health research: Qualitative and mixed methods. American Public Health Association; 1 edition (January 2006).
The Future of Ageing Research in Europe: A Road Map. Accessed from

Relevant scientific articles will be added.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information The course will run for around eleven weeks, from week 6 until week 17, at the following dates: February 8-9, 18 and 27, March 8, April 12 (pre examination seminar). Deadline for final written examination admission is April 30.
Additional course leader
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Course responsible Elisabeth Rydwik
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Contact person Elisabeth Rydwik
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle