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TERVAL2 Social Context of Ageing 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Public Health
Person in charge
Tapio Kirsi


Strategic themes: Internationalisation

General description

An introduction to the social context of ageing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student
- has acquired substantial knowledge about foundations, history and mainstream theories of social gerontology
- understands the function of social networks in ageing adults
- has practised critical thinking and scientific reasoning
- can debate on different viewpoints and defend scientific arguments
- is able to apply scientific knowledge to societal practice


- Classical and current perspectives of interpreting ageing
- Social networks and social integration
- Loneliness as a consequence of social unconnectedness

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Attendance is for students of Master of Health Science, students of Finnish master´s studies and post-graduate students.

Teaching methods

Video lectures, practicals, background literature, take-home examination

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Written exam 
In Finnish

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Passing the course is graded on scale 1-5

Study materials

Literature will be given in the teaching schedule.

Further information

Organized every second year.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Health Sciences