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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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

  • 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,
  • Dean, M. Cann P. (Eds): 2009, Unequal ageing the untold story of exclusion in old age, Policy Press, Bristol,
  • Evans, S.: 2009, Community and ageing: Maintaining quality of life in housing with care settings (Ageing and the lifecourse series), Policy Press, UK, 9781847420701
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • Johnson, M., Bengtson, V., Coleman, P., Kirkwood, T.(Eds): 2005, The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Komp K. & Johansson S. (eds.): 2015, Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective: Critical and international approaches., 1st Ed, Policy press, University of Bristol.,
  • 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,
  • Phillips J, Ajrouch K, Hillcoat-Nalletamby S.: 2010, Key Concepts in Social Gerontology, Sage Publications Ltd, Los Angeles, 9781412922722
  • 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, 1351402102
  • Ramirez-Valles J.: 2016, Queer Aging, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 9780190276348
  • 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,
  • World Health Organization: 2016, Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health 2016-2020, World Health Organization, Geneva,
Other Resources

31503, Website, 0, National Institute on Ageing (USA), http://www.nia.nih.gov/, 31504, Website, 0, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), http://www.tilda.tcd.ie, 31505, Website, HaPAI, 2017, The Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative, Dublin, https://hapai.net/hapai-project-resources/, 31506, Website, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs ǀ Population Division, 2015, World Population Ageing 2015, New York, United Nations, http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/ageing/WPA2015_Report.pdf, 31507, Website, World Health Organization, 2015, Ageing and health Fact sheet N°404 September 2015, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs404/en/, 31508, Website, World Health Organization, 0, Ageing and Health, http://www.who.int/ageing/events/world-report-2015-launch/en/,
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