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Swedish title Det åldrande samhället: Utmaningar och möjligheter
English title Aging Societies: Challenges and Opportunities
Course number 3040
Credits 3.0
Responsible KI department Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle
Specific entry requirements
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2017-09-19
Purpose of the course This course approaches the challenges and opportunities of an aging population from a public health perspective. It focuses on the lifelong heterogeneous aging process, and health and welfare in old age. The course is relevant for PhD students in public health and health sciences, or students from other disciplines interested in aging research.
Intended learning outcomes After completing this course students are expected to be able to:
1. Identify and discuss societal challenges and opportunities that arise from an aging population, and how they
can be addressed.
2. Reflect on how these challenges and opportunities can be related to her/his research.
3. Reflect on key concepts and theories from the course, and apply them on her/his research.
Contents of the course Life expectancy continues to increase around the world. Aging societies present societal and economic challenges, but older people are also a resource for society. The course addresses these topics and provides knowledge on key concepts and theories in the multidisciplinary field of aging research. Attention will be given to:
- The demographic shift toward an aging society: what are the challenges and opportunities for public health?
- Health trends and the interplay between morbidity and mortality in later life (e.g., compression and expansion of morbidity)
- The third and fourth age
- The heterogeneous aging process
- Active, healthy, and successful aging
- How health and health inequalities in old age are shaped by experiences and behaviors throughout the life course
- Aging within health and social care systems what are the future challenges?
Teaching and learning activities Different strategies for teaching and learning will be used, such as lectures, seminars based on selected readings, group discussions, as well as peer reviewing. The doctoral students´ proactive participation will be required.

Compulsory elements Active participation in group work and seminars is mandatory. If a participant is absent because of unforeseen circumstances, the course directors assess if, and in that case how, absence can be compensated.
Examination To pass the course the student has to achieve the learning outcomes. This will be assessed through participation in mandatory seminars, an individual written assignment reflecting on the course content in relation to her/his own research and also written and oral reflection on a peers individual assignment.
Literature and other teaching material Scientific articles, reports and book chapters related to the course content will be distributed before and during the course.

In selection:
Dannefer, D. (2010). The SAGE handbook of social gerontology. Sage Publications.

Foster, L., & Walker, A. (2014). Active and successful aging: A European policy perspective. The Gerontologist, 55(1), 83-90.

Harper, S. (2014). Economic and social implications of aging societies. Science, 346(6209), 587-591.

Kuh, D., Ben-Shlomo, Y., Lynch, J., Hallqvist, J., & Power, C. (2003). Life course epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 57(10), 778-783.

Dannefer, D. (2003). Cumulative advantage/disadvantage and the life course: Cross-fertilizing age and social science theory. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 58(6), S327-S337.

Von dem Knesebeck, O. (2010). Health inequalities in ageing societies.

Fries, J. F., Bruce, B., & Chakravarty, E. (2011). Compression of morbidity 1980 2011: a focused review of paradigms and progress. Journal of aging research, 2011.
Course responsible Carin Lennartsson
Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle

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