12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis
This unit presents aspects of contemporary social work policy and practice in ageing through a lens of longevity and ongoing change. Aging is conceptualised in dynamic and innovative ways that reflect and encourage changing perceptions, theoretical understandings and possibilities of this transition phase. The impact of dimensions such as gender, class, location, diversity and spirituality on the transition phases of ageing will be explored. The notion of risk will be examined as an underlying tension in social work practice in this field.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Review contemporary debates about life transitions with a focus on ageing.
- Evaluate concepts of ageing and longevity using dimensions such as gender, class, time, space and place.
- Assess current and emerging theories of ageing and their relevance to social work.
- Critically analyse the notion of risk and its implications for social work practice in this area.
- Examine relevant social work policy and practice issues in longevity and ageing.
- Apply a multi-dimensional approach in a specific area of ageing.
- Written assessment (3,000 words) (40%)
- Major essay (6,000 words) (60%)