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230115 SE Reading Seminar: Concepts and theories of ageing (2019W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 35 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 16.10. 11:00 - 12:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Thursday 24.10. 10:00 - 13:00 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Thursday 31.10. 10:00 - 13:15 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Thursday 14.11. 10:00 - 13:15 Hörsaal H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre


Aims, contents and method of the course

Around the world, life expectancy is increasing and people are living longer than ever before. A 65 years old European can, on average, expect to live about 20 years. Yet, the ageing process varies across societies and across individuals within each society. Some people are active at age 90, while others are frail at age 60. Some social contexts show higher levels of active ageing than others. These are a few examples of the many puzzles that research on ageing addresses and this course will reflect on them based on theories of ageing.
Aims of this course are to highlight the utility of theories of ageing for research and beyond and to provide an overview of the development in sociological theories of ageing, combined with insights from perspectives of psychology and social policy applied to ageing.
In this course, you will also be introduced to key issues and literature concerning the life course approach and become familiar with the debates and literature on successful and active ageing. At the end of the course, students will be able to link theory to practice, in particular considering the areas of work and retirement, family, and social connectedness.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active and thoughtful participation, reading of given texts before class, group work, short presentation, written short seminar paper.

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme must be met.
If a required task is not fulfilled, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness).
In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading.
Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.

If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’.
The plagiarism-detection service (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used in course of the grading: Details will be announced by the lecturer.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Reading before class, active and thoughtful participation, group work (30%)
- Short presentation (30%)
- Written short seminar paper (40%)
Minimum requirement for the positive assessment of the course is that all three parts have to be passed (marked with =4).
There is compulsory attendance!

Examination topics

Reading list

A basic text, available in the library as eBook is:
Bengtson, V. L. and Settersten Jr., R. A. (Eds) 2016. Handbook of theories of aging. Third Edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.
Additional texts required for presentations and group work will be provided in the first Session. Seminar papers are expected to use relevant literature within and beyond that provided.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:21