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Social Gerontology

Code 13383
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements N.A.
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes To provide knowledge and to stimulate reflection about the processes of ageing
in their individual and social dimensions- in the context of social, economic and political changes. To consider the relationship between non-autonomous seniors and their carers, institutions and the state.

To be able to describe the demographic and social changes which affect the elderly. To show knowledge and awareness about the many factors that may cause a situation of social exclusion among the elderly, and the forms this exclusion may be prevented.

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Syllabus 1. Ageing and society
1.1 Ageing in the demographic aspect.
1.2 Social representations of old age.

2. Social policy and private initiatives
2.1 Systems of social protection
2.2 Measures and programmes for assistance to the elderly

3. Health and ageing
3.1. Health problems among senior citizens
3.2 Formal and informal care for the elderly

4. The elderly, the family and the community

Main Bibliography Fernandes, Ana Alexandre (1997), Velhice e sociedade: Demografia, família e políticas sociais em Portugal. Oeiras: Celta.

Pimentel, Luísa (2005), O lugar do idoso na família. Contextos e trajectórias. Coimbra: Quarteto.

Vicente, Maria João Molina (2007), "Envelhecimento demográfico e alargamento do tempo de trabalho - o debate inacabado. Implicações sócio-económicas e busca de novos paradigmas", Fórum Sociológico 17: 69-79.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria In the theoretical-practical sessions the essential po ints of the programme are expounded, in general with the help of
scientific texts or audiovisual support. The students are expected to prepare classes adequately and, during classes,
have an active presence. In the tutorials, the students are monitored in their research activities.
The students are assessed especially regarding their capacity to eapply to cases the knowledge aquired as well as
their own ideas, developed during the course unit.
Thus, the foms and norms of assessment are: a) g roup assignment: a research report (regarding documental or
empricial research); b) individual assignment: a critical review of a text chosen by the student and accepted by the
lecturer, or attributed by the lecturer; c) the participation in the classes (diligence, preparation, intervention).
Point a) is 50% of the final mark, b) 30% and c) 20%.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-17

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