Course catalogue doctoral education - VT24

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Title Societal and Life-course Perspectives on Inequalities in Aging
Course number 5688
Programme Public Health Science
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2023-09-25 -- 2023-10-20
Responsible KI department Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is for students to gain an increased understanding of inequalities in aging and older age from a structural societal perspective and from an individual life-course perspective. Furthermore, the course aims to give the students an understanding of the importance of considering structural and individual factors in their own and fellow doctoral students’ doctoral projects and how they can be understood and applied based on an interdisciplinary approach.
Intended learning outcomes After completing this course, students are expected to be able to:

1. Identify and describe factors that contribute to late-life inequalities, from a structural societal perspective and from an individual life-course perspective.

2. Critically reflect on and discuss how structural and individual factors both independently and in interplay may shape differences in aging.

3. Apply key concepts related to inequalities in aging to their own and other students’ research.
Contents of the course The course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on social and health inequalities in aging and late life. Additionally, the course focuses on how these inequalities arise and change over the life course, as well as differences globally and across time. Key concepts and theories related to inequalities in aging will be presented and discussed, such as ageism, healthy and active aging, old age poverty, social exclusion, health and social care, informal care, and the retirement process. Inequalities in aging will also be viewed from the perspective of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The students will be trained to identify main reasons for the development of inequalities as people age, both from a structural societal perspective and from an individual life-course perspective.
Teaching and learning activities Different strategies for teaching and learning will be used, such as lectures, seminars, group discussions, and peer reviewing, to promote an analytical and critical approach to the course content and to facilitate multidisciplinary learning. Activities will take place on campus as well as digitally on the learning platform. The doctoral students' active participation will be required.
Compulsory elements The students are required to actively participate in scheduled activities, including lectures, group discussions and seminars. The course includes both physical and online activities. The course directors assess how absence should be compensated.

1. Group work, presented at a seminar (online or hybrid format).
2. Written individual assignment, which is presented and discussed at a final examination seminar at KI (physical meeting).
3. Peer review of another student’s individual assignment, discussed at the final examination seminar.
Examination To pass the course the student must achieve the learning outcomes. This will be assessed through active participation in mandatory seminars, group work, an individual written assignment reflecting on the course content in relation to her/his own research, and a written and oral reflection on another student’s individual assignment.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended course book: Kuh D, Cooper R, Hardy R, Richards M, Ben-Shlomo Y. (eds). A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing. Oxford, 2013; online edn, Oxford Academic, 23 Jan. 2014;

In addition, a list of scientific articles, reports and book chapters related to the course content will be distributed before and during the course, corresponding to about 10-15 scientific articles/book chapters.
Number of students 10 - 24
Selection of students The course is part of SWEAH Core Curriculum and doctoral students affiliated with SWEAH will have priority. Other applicants are also welcome to apply and will be prioritized 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 is offered within the context of the Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health (SWEAH), which is a consortium of partners from different higher education institutions across Sweden. The course is a part-time distance-learning course using an online learning platform. Apart from learning platform activities, the course includes full-day workshops and lectures requiring physical attendance. These take place at the KI campus in Solna on September 26-27 and October 19-20.
Additional course leader Course responsibility is shared with Malin Ericsson,
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Neda Agahi
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
08-524 858 10
Contact person Malin Ericsson
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle