Healthy Ageing

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2018/19
Vaknaam Healthy Ageing
Niveau(s) bachelor, universitaire minor, facultaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Healthy Ageing: a Socio-demographic Perspective
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course, students can:
1. discuss the complexity of the concept healthy ageing from a socio- demographic perspective and can indicate why it is a current topic of debate
2. identify the causes and consequences of (healthy) ageing from an individual as well as from a societal perspective
3. elaborate on the societal challenges of ageing populations and the relevance of healthy ageing
4. identify data sources on ageing-related indicators and can interpret and compare these ageing indicators in different settings
5. collect and interpret ageing-related data to compare the ageing situation in different European countries
Omschrijving Healthy ageing is a topic with great societal relevance. This course introduces the concept of healthy ageing from a socio-demographic perspective. The (bio) - demographic perspective reveals causes and consequences of ageing and their relationship with health. The social perspective addresses determinants of health and wellbeing over the life course with a particular focus on older ages. Healthy ageing is addressed from the societal level, i.e. what does healthy ageing mean for a society, as well as from the individual level, how older people can maintain health, wellbeing and a self-determined life.
After the course, students have an understanding of the determinants and consequences of healthy ageing from a socio-demographic perspective. Students have knowledge of how healthy ageing relates to life course factors including socioeconomic status, health behaviors or social participation. They can reflect on 1.) how these issues relate to older adults’ health and wellbeing and 2.) how societies as a whole are challenged by population ageing.
Next to the lectures, students work in groups on a small research project in which they describe how healthy ageing differs between EU countries and explain possible causes and consequences. They will review the projects of other groups and present their report in class.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Examination with multiple choice questions, Group assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. T.C. Vogt
Docent(en) Guest lecturers ,dr. T.C. Vogt
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selected articles from ageing research literature. The literature list will be made available on Nestor before the course starts.
Opmerkingen All students from RUG can follow this course as part of the minor Population Studies. This Bachelor course is also open - as an optional course - for Bachelor students from disciplines related to Population Studies within RUG (e.g. Sociology, Epidemiology, Psychology, Spatial Sciences, Public Health, Medical Sciences, Cultural Anthropology, International Relations, Gerontology, and Development Studies).
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning) 3 semester I b keuze
BSc Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning  (Related elective year 2 ) 2 semester I b gebonden keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Optional courses BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 3 semester I b keuze
Minor Population Studies 3 semester I b verplicht