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The Anthropology of Ageing


Anthropology of ageing focuses on the human experience of ageing. During this course you will therefore be presented with various ways in which older people in different cultures deal with the ageing process. Social perspectives on this process of ageing are an important influence on this experience. As a result of the perspectives held by older people, and the wider social images that are shared by those around them, the approach towards the ageing process and the age-related diseases that are (as of yet still) intrinsic in this process is quite different. In this course we will touch upon different ways of seeing, experiencing and managing the ageing process. By taking the wider issues we touch upon in this course into account physicians, medical professionals, policy makers and others involved in the health behaviour of older people can increase their understanding of the treatment choices, retention and health perspectives of different older persons

Learning objectives

  • The student can explain concepts from anthropology and sociology and their related theories

  • The student is able to apply and review the value of these concepts to case-material

  • The student understands and can integrate different perspectives on age and ageing

  • The student is able to integrate and discuss explanatory models of disease

  • The student can explain and describe the influence of technology on perspectives of ageing

  • The student understands the background and premises of qualitative interviewing

  • The student is able to code, conceptualise and interpret qualitative interviews

Bachelor degree

Interview and interview analysis with older person (see blackboard/course booklet for details)

Dr. J. Lindenberg
T. Puvill, MSc

Registration for places available

Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing
Rijnsburgerweg 10
Tel: 071-5240960

Master programme
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