Healthy Ageing

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
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 healthy ageing from a socio- demographic perspective and differentiate between concepts of healthy ageing
2. Assess the causes and consequences of (healthy) ageing from an individual as well as from a societal perspective
3. Formulate the societal challenges of ageing populations and the relevance of healthy ageing
4. Investigate data sources on ageing-related indicators and compare these ageing indicators in different country settings
5. Generate a research report based on ageing-related data and assess the ageing situation in different European countries
6. Critically assess academic work and fellow student’s elaborations in peer reviews and present in class.
Omschrijving Healthy ageing is a topic with great societal relevance. This course introduces the concept of healthy ageing from a socio-demographic perspective. The 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 completing 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.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Independent study, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Examination with multiple choice questions, Group assignments, Oral presentation
(+ Peer review)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. T.C. Vogt
Docent(en) L. Bister, MSc. , Guest lecturers ,Dr. A.P.P. Remund , Z. Sattari Najafabadi, MSc. ,dr. T.C. Vogt
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Selected articles from ageing research literature. The literature list will be made available on Brigthspace before the course starts.
Opmerkingen All students from RUG can follow this course as part of the minor Population, Development and Wellbeing. 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 & Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester I b keuze
BSc Human Geography & 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, Development and Wellbeing  (Basic programme minor) 3 semester I b verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Population Studies) - semester I b verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Real Estate Studies) - semester I b keuzegroep