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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Living Longer
Module Code NS139
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Catriona Murphy
Semester 2: Catriona Murphy
Autumn: Catriona Murphy
Module TeachersCatriona Murphy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to explore the concept of growing older from a social, economic,health and social care perspective and to gain an understanding of what that means in contemporary society.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss ageing demography in Ireland and identify the factors which contribute to population ageing
2. Identify and discuss theories of ageing
3. Explore the impact of growing older in contemporary society from a social, economic, health or social care perspective
4. Explore the concept of ageism and the impact it has across all age groups
5. Discuss the impact of ageing research on national and international policy

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Group work11Group presentation
Assignment Completion15Individual Essay
Independent Study75No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Demography of ageing

Critical debates on independence and dependence in later life

Perspectives on positive ageing

Theories of ageing

Ageism and its impact on society

Quality of life in later life

Societal responses to health and social care needs in older people

National and International policy developments related to ageing

Researching older adults

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentContinuous assessment includes an individual presentation (40%) and an interactive oral (60%).100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Ayalon L, Tesch-Römer C.: 2018, Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism, Springer, 9783319738208
  • Bernoth, M., Winkler, D.: 2016, Healthy Ageing and Aged Care, Open University Press, Oxford, UK, 9780195597585
  • Dannefer, D., Phillipson, C. (Eds): 2010, The Sage handbook of social gerontology, Sage, London,
  • Dudley L. Poston Jr.: 2019, Handbook of Population, Springer, 9783030109103
  • Ginn J, Davidson K, Arber S.: 2011, Gender and ageing, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Grenier A: 2012, Transitions and the lifecourse: challenging the constructions of 'growing old', Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Gullette M: 2017, Ending Ageism, Or How Not to Shoot Old People, Global Perspectives on Aging, 0813589282
  • Harper S., Hamblin K.: 2016, International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy, 2, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 97817834742
  • Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative: 2016, Positive Ageing 2016: National Indicators Report, Department of Health, Dublin,
  • Kenny RA: 2022, Age Proof, Lagom, London, 9781788705059
  • Komp K. & Johansson S. (eds.): 2015, Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective: Critical and international approaches., 1st Ed, Policy press, University of Bristol.,
  • Moody, H.: 2006, Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Thousand Oaks, California,
  • Pachana N: 2017, Ageing: a very short introduction, 1, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Phillipson C, Koppel I (Editor): 2013, Ageing, Polity Pr, Cambridge, 9780745630854
  • Rahman S.: 2019, Living with Frailty: From assets and deficits to resilience, 1, Routledge, UK, 9781138301
  • Ramirez-Valles J.: 2016, Queer Aging, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 9780190276348
  • Stephens C, Breheny M: 2018, Healthy Ageing: A Capability Approach to Inclusive Practice and Policy, 1, Routledge, UK,
  • Walsh K, Scharf T,Van Regenmortel S,Wanka A: 2021, Social Exclusion in Later Life, Springer Nature, 9783030514068
  • World Health Organization: 2016, Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health 2016-2020, World Health Organization, Geneva,
  • Zaidi A, Harper, S., Howse, K., Lamura, G., Perek-Bialas J.: 2018, Building Evidence for Active Ageing Policies: Active Ageing Index and its Potential, 1, Palgrave MacMillan, UK,
Other Resources

61024, Website, 0, Global Alliance International Longevity Centre, https://www.ilc-alliance.org/, 61025, Website, 0, National Institute on Ageing (USA), http://www.nia.nih.gov/, 61026, Website, 0, Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe, http://www.share-project.org/home0.html, 61027, Website, 0, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), http://www.tilda.tcd.ie, 61028, Website, 0, World Health Organization campaign to combat ageism, https://www.who.int/ageing/ageism/campaign/en/, 61029, Website, 0, World Health Organization Ageing and Health, https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health, 61030, Website, World Health Organization, 2021, Global Report on Ageism, Geneva, WHO, https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/03/9789240016866-eng.pdf,
Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society
Date of Last Revision17-FEB-12

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