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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title Growing Older
Module Code NS139
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr. Catriona MurphyOffice NumberH220
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 and health perspective and to gain an understanding of what that means in contemporary society.

Learning Outcomes

1. Compare trends in the older population in Ireland with European and International trends
2. Identify and discuss theories of ageing
3. Analyse contemporary perspectives on growing older
4. Explore the impact of growing older from a range of perspectives including social and economic, health, health and social care needs, control, autonomy and quality of life
5. Discuss the impact of ageing research on national and international policy

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Seminars4No Description
Directed learning2No Description
Independent Study95No 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

Developmental theories of ageing

Contemporary perspectives on growing older

Social and economic aspects of ageing

Physical aspects of ageing

Psychological aspects of ageing

Health and social care needs in older people

Control and autonomy in older people

Quality of life in later life

National and International policy developments related to ageing

Researching ageing

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Bond, J., Peace, S. M., Dittman-Kohli, F. & Westerhof, G. (Eds.): 2007, Ageing in Society: European perspectives on Gerontology, Sage, London,
  • Cann, P., Dean, M. (Eds): 2009, Unequal ageing the untold story of exclusion in old age, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Timonen, V.: 2008, Ageing Societies: A comparative introduction, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Victor, C.: 2010, Ageing, Health and Care, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Wilson, G: 2000, Understanding Old Age Critical and Global Perspectives, Sage, London,
  • Banks, J., Breeze, E., Lessof, C. & Nazaroo, J. (Eds.): 2006, Retirement, health and relationships of the older population in England. The 2004 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (Wave 2), Institute for Fiscal Studies, London,
  • Borsch-Supan, A., Hank, K., Jurges, H. & Mathis, S.: 2008, Longitudinal Data Collection in Continental Europe: Experiences from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)., Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging, Mannheim,
  • Bowling, A: 2005, Ageing Well: Quality of life in old age, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Central Statistics Office: 2007, Ageing in Ireland, Stationery Office, Dublin,
  • Dannefer, D., Phillipson, C. (Eds): 2010, The Sage handbook of social gerontology, Sage, London,
  • Eurostat: 2008, Ageing characterises the demographic perspectives of the European societies, Eurostat,
  • Eurostat: 2008, Population projections 2008-2060. Eurostat news release., Eurostat,
  • Fahey, T., Maitre, B., Nolan, B. & Whelan, C. T.: 2007, A Social Portrait of Older People in Ireland., Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin,
  • Jamieson, A. & Victor, C. R. (Eds.): 2002, Researching ageing and later life, Open University Press, Philadephia,
  • Johnson, M., Bengtson, V., Coleman, P., Kirkwood, T.(Eds): 2005, The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Kennedy , P. & Quin, S.: 2008, Ageing and Social Policy in Ireland, UCD Press, Dublin,
  • Laslett, P.: 1996, A Fresh Map of Life,, MacMillan, London,
  • Lloyd-Sherlock, P.: 2010, Population ageing and international development, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Moody, H.: 2006, Aging: Concepts and Controversies, Thousand Oaks, California,
  • O'Hanlon, A., McGee, H., Barker, M., Garavan, R., Hickey, A., Conroy, R. & O'Neill, D.: 2005, Health and Social Services for Older People II (HeSSOP II) Changing Profiles from 2000-2004., National Council on Ageing and Older People, Dublin,
  • Walker, A. (Ed.): 2005, Understanding Quality of Life in Old Age, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • World Health Organisation Europe: 2008, Home Care in Europe The Solid Facts, World Health Organization, Copenhagen,
Other Resources

0, 0, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland, http://www.cardi.ie/, 0, 0, National Institute on Ageing (USA), http://www.nia.nih.gov/, 0, 0, The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), http://www.tilda.tcd.ie, 0, 0, SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, http://www.share-project.org/,
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