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TERVAL4 Ageing as a Social Phenomenon 4–6 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
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Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Public Health
School of Health Sciences

Learning outcomes

Having passed the course the student is able to consider ageing and old age as social and cultural phenomena. The student can analyze ageing as an individual experience. The student understands the impact of health, social relationships and social and health care services on old people’s wellbeing.


Marja Jylhä, Teacher responsible



Study materials


Bond J, Peace S, Dittman-Kohli F and Westerhof G (eds). Ageing in society. Sage Publications 2007 (4.ed) (4 ECTS).

Additional optional books

Estes CL, Biggs S and Phillipson C. Social theory, social policy and ageing. A critical introduction. Open University Press 2003 (2ECTS)

Gilleard C and Higgs P. Contexts of ageing. Class, cohort and community. Polity Press 2005 (2 ECTS)

Abramson CM. The end game. How inequality shapes our final years? Harvard University Press 2015 (2 ECTS)

Victor C. The social context of ageing. A textbook of gerontology. Routledge 2005 (2 ECTS)

Further information

No contact teaching. Book exams on the HES general Exam days.

It is recommended that the student should first complete the exam on the compulsory literature (Bond et al) that gives 4 ECTS.  If additional literature is completed together with the obligatory literature, the requirement for completion of the whole exam is that the compulsory literature is approved.