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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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,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 and 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
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

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 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

  • Bernard, M., Scharf, T.: 2007, Critical Perspectives on Ageing Societies, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Bond, J., Peace, S. M., Dittman-Kohli, F. & Westerhof, G. (Eds.): 2007, Ageing in Society: European perspectives on Gerontology, Sage, London,
  • Bowling, A: 2005, Ageing Well: Quality of life in old age, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Cann, P., Dean, M. (Eds): 2009, Unequal ageing the untold story of exclusion in old age, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Central Statistics Office: 2007, Ageing in Ireland, Stationery Office, Dublin,
  • Dannefer, D., Phillipson, C. (Eds): 2010, The Sage handbook of social gerontology, Sage, London,
  • Johnson, M., Bengtson, V., Coleman, P., Kirkwood, T.(Eds): 2005, The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Jonasson, J.: 2012, The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared, Hesperus Press Ltd, London,
  • 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,
  • Timonen, V.: 2008, Ageing Societies: A comparative introduction, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Victor, C.: 2010, Ageing, Health and Care, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Walker, A. (Ed.): 2005, Understanding Quality of Life in Old Age, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Wilson, G: 2000, Understanding Old Age Critical and Global Perspectives, Sage, London,
Other Resources

9226, Website, 0, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland, http://www.cardi.ie/, 9227, Website, 0, National Institute on Ageing (USA), http://www.nia.nih.gov/, 9228, Website, 0, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), http://www.tilda.tcd.ie, 9229, Website, 0, SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, http://www.share-project.org/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society