FH3104 - Social Ageing and Active Ageing


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

Theories on age-related reduction in social activity. Role transitions over the life course and particularly in the third and fourth age. Older persons as a resource. Senior workers and retirement.
Attitudes towards older persons, ageism and age discrimination.
Main elements of the politics of ageing. The definition of active ageing according to the World’s Health Organization (WHO).
Activity and participation in society, local neigbourhoods and in family life. Intergenerational contacts.

Learning outcome

The student has broad knowledge and comprehension of
-the importance of active social participation, even in older years
-age changes and individual variation in the need for social participation and in preferred types of participation
-cultural attitudes towards ageing and older people

The student can
-reflect on his/her own attitudes towards ageing and older citizens
-give a critical evaluation of the concept of active ageing and what it implies in the third and fourth age
-use professional knowledge and relevant research to practical and theoretical questions concerning older persons’ participation in the society, in the local community and in the family

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’ participation according to their individual needs and wishes.

Learning methods and activities

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

Mandatoru assignments:
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
MGE4021 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:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

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

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 *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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