module specification

SH7006 - Wellbeing in Later Life (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Wellbeing in Later Life
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
74 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 15%   750 word commentary
Coursework 85%   3500 word essay
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module explores the unfolding of the ageing process, and the lived experiences of older people in contemporary societies, across diverse biological/physical and psychosocial domains. The module introduces students to key topics, including global ageing patterns and trends, beliefs and perceptions about ageing and older people in different cultures, major theoretical frameworks on ageing, health and social care provision for older people, social inequalities and economic security in later life.

This module aims to: -
 Introduce students to key concepts, models and theories related to both individual and population ageing in contemporary societies
 You will foster critical reasoning and ability to apply these concepts, and relevant research skills, appropriately when working with older people or in relation to public health/social policy and practice
 You will acquire knowledge of the lived experiences of older persons
 Develop relevant practical research skills which will be valuable for further study, career and employment
 You will learn to appreciate ageing as a process characterised by much diversity, to critically reflect on relevant evidence, policies and services for older people
 Develop a positive attitude towards health promotion for older persons
 Foster a holistic view of health and well-being in later life, including its determinants


The module covers the following areas: -

 Ageing in the UK and internationally, including demographic ageing patterns and trends, as well as the impact of these on society, for example, the provision of health and social services

 The definitions of ageing, beliefs, attitudes and perceptions of ageing and older people in society, as well as to the impact of discrimination against older people

 Relevant ethical issues in working with or conducting research with older people, including focused research issues in relation to the assessment - informed consent, interviewing, transcription, data sources and analysis

 Exploration of how ageing and older people are viewed in different cultures. Emphasis on reviewing major models and theoretical frameworks of ageing, including biological, psychological and social theories of ageing, their contributions, strengths and limitations

 Exploration of various biological/health dimensions of ageing, including cognitive ageing and dementia as both contemporary clinical/individual and public health challenges in the UK and internationally. Relevant research evidence, strategies and policies, in regard to, for example, determinants and prevention of dementia, will be examined

 Discussion of models of health and well-being, determinants of health, formal and informal social care arrangements in the UK, and provision of health services to older individuals

- Exploration of social inequalities in later life in the UK, their patterns and nature, including housing and economic security of older people, and relevant public policies

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module teaching is based on weekly lectures and seminar classes, where specific group-work exercises have been developed to provide students with an opportunity to examined in more detail some of the main conceptual and methodological issues covered in lectures.

The approach to teaching is based on facilitating the application of concepts, methods and principles to practice-related contexts, and students’ integration of learning in relation to real world scenarios. This approach to teaching aims to develop students’ ability to think critically about data and evidence, and to draw appropriate inferences in accordance with the stated learning outcomes.

The above teaching methods will be complemented by students’ independent study on the module. Students will be required to read, on a weekly basis, recommended chapters in the core textbook, or to access other relevant educational material.

The module will be using WebLearn - guidance will be given during the module about how to best use this. It is designed to support students learning providing access to wider reading and resources to help to prepare for each session e.g. websites, policy documents and articles and or to revise and deepen knowledge after sessions e.g. lecture notes. Students are encouraged to use other learning resources such as the Library and the CELT and WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understand and critical awareness of the implications of demographic ageing and epidemiological changes drawing on current research in relation to debates about health and social needs and provision
2. Critically analyse factors that impact on choices and options available to older people
3. Demonstrate a critical approach to methodological and ethical issues in relation to research and older people
4. Critically evaluate current legislation and policy issues affecting older people and relate them to people’s lived experiences