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Postgraduate Course: The Challenges of Ageing and Care (PUHR11106)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore the key challenges of ageing and care and lay a foundation for students to understand the societal issues facing the UK and countries around the world.

This course is part of the training year (year 1 of 4) of the PhD with Integrated Study in Advanced Care that is undertaken within the Academy (CDT) of the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC). The purpose of the course is to provide students with a broad and interdisciplinary introduction to the key debates and challenges of ageing in the context of care and innovation.
Course description This course is in semester 1 in the training year (year 1 of 4) of the PhD with Integrated Study in Advanced Care that is undertaken within the Academy (CDT) of the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC). The course will be run over 11 weeks with a weekly workshop of 3 hours. The course content and assessment recognise the wide range of disciplinary backgrounds expected to be present in each cohort.

The course will provide students with the opportunity to broaden and extend their understanding of the challenges of ageing and care, in the UK and around the world, including the demographic shift, the challenges of multimorbidity and frailty, universal care coverage, health inequalities and inequities in care, and the integration of health and social care. It will also introduce the students to new models of care, new technologies, digital solutions and the digital divide, person-centred care in an age of technology, and consideration of the values underpinning care, such as compassion and altruism.

Overall, the aim of the course is to give the knowledge to engage confidently in discussion about advanced issues and problems in care with experts from a range of backgrounds, and to link these issues to students' own research to date or PhD topic, and/or wider experience in an interdisciplinary manner.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %

Write a Blog on ageing societies (700 words) 25%
Infographic presentation on global aging or on inequalities in aging 25% (group work; equivalent to 750-1,000 words)
Policy briefing report on system challenges and solutions (2,500 words) 50%

The workshops will provide formative assessments that do not contribute to the course mark.
Feedback Students will receive oral feedback during formative assessments during workshops and written feedback via Learn after the summative assessment, with the opportunity for students who wish to receive extended feedback to meet the course organiser.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the 'grand challenge' of global ageing. Describe systems of health and social care in one or more countries
  2. Discuss the barriers and facilitators to person-centred care for people in later life.
  3. Critically examine how inequalities affect health and care (drawing on examples in more countries)
  4. Synthesise and articulate their learning about the challenges of ageing, through written, visual, and verbal formats
  5. Demonstrate their ability to collaborate in their learning (in small groups and within the cohort) contributing to discussions on the grand challenges of ageing
Reading List
A reading list will be provided in the course handbook.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The skills developed by this course are key for most types of health and care system enquiry into the challenges of ageing societies, and thus fall broadly under the overarching Enquiry and Lifelong Learning attribute. The course will also relate to the development of the mind-set of Outlook and Engagement in the students, which is a core ethos of the ACRC and the Academy. The course will help students develop the skill groups of Research and Enquiry, Personal and Intellectual Autonomy, and Communication.
KeywordsAgeing,multimorbidity,frailty,health inequalities,care models,new technologies,care
Course organiserProf Stewart Mercer
Tel: (0131 6)50 6984
Course secretaryMrs Katharine Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 7815
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