FH3101 - Psychology of Ageing – Growth, Decline and Coping


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks A

Course content

A life course perspective on ageing. Age changes in personaity, emotions, and in coping and coping strategies. Gender differences in ageing. Changes in learning, memory and intelligence. Forgetfulnes and wisdom. Dementia. Depression and anxiety in old age. Factors influencing quality of life in different phases of life. How future time perspective and attitudes toward death and dying may influence the quality of life.

Learning outcome

The student has broad knowledge and comprehension of
-the significance of health and other factors for quality of life in older years
-cognitive age changes; diverging from wisdom to dementia
-strategies for coping with ageing
-the prevalence of psychic problems among older citizens

The student can
-reflect upon his/her own views on ageing and the elderly, and how these views may influence the behaviour and experience of older persons
-use professional knowledge and relevant research to practical and theoretical questions concerning older persons’ psychic functions

General competence
The student can
-exchange informed views on the psychology of ageing with professionals, the general public and with older persons themselves, and thereby contribute to older persons’ coping.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group work. A group essay on a given topic. Literature studies. Guidance.

Mandatory courswork requirements:
Participation in a student group delivering a mutual essay.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work

Further on evaluation

Home exam (individually). Essay on a chosen topic approved by the lecturer Scope: 2000 words.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Public Health (MFHLS)

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor’s degree. The course belongs to the master’s programme in Public Health.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MGE4011 7.5 01.09.2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Public Health
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Health Sciences Gjøvik



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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