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Future perspectives



Semester I, 3 September 2018 - 14 September 2018.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree and admission to Master Vitality & Ageing.


The organisation of our ageing society needs innovation. To understand the reasons and need for change, students will acquire a thorough understanding of the demographic aspects of ageing. Students will become acquainted with the differences in patterns of mortality that underlie the epidemiological transition. Students will acquire knowledge of the concepts of life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, as well as insights into international differences in life expectancy.
The master starts with an intensive introduction to learn about vitality and the ageing field. This introductive course is developed as trunk for the three educational lines in the masters programme: Communication in Science, Research and Evidence and Academic Development.

Themes that are included:

  • Introduction to the master staff, coordinators and colleague students.

  • Perspectives on the master’s program: Introduction of the three themes of the content courses: biology of vitality and ageing, the older individual and the organisation of the ageing society

  • Perspectives on future: Your personal master-year, your ambitions, your career

  • Perspectives on becoming older: personal experiences and discussions with elderly persons

  • Start of training in academic skills and communication: interdisciplinary cooperation, creative thinking, team roles, writing and presenting.
    Through combining these different perspectives on vitality and ageing, you will get insight in the most important aspects of the master Vitality and Ageing.

Course objectives

The student:

  • is able to explain historical and current demographic trends in life expectancy and in the distribution of disability, disease and death

  • is able to place his/her research in the perspective of ageing and vitality

  • is able to present research in a clear and structured manner

  • is able to work interdisciplinary in a professional way, mobilizing complementary skills in teams

  • is able to give a personal reflection on topics related to vitality and ageing

  • is able to debate convincingly about actual topics in the field of vitality and ageing

  • can illustrate the diversity in perspectives on vitality and ageing and values the differences

  • is able to reflect on his/her personal and professional career development

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures, working groups and activities like orientation visits, interviews, ageing suits, debate.

Course Load

Total course load: 3 ECTS x 28 hours= 84 hours

  • Interactive lectures, working groups and activities: 48 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 8 hours

  • Preparation lectures, working groups and activities: 8 hours

  • Writing assignments: 20 hours

Assessment method

  • Written assignment critical review newspaper

  • Written assignment personal goals

  • Active participation


The final grade is based on the written assignment critical review newspaper (100%).
Credits will only be given if besides completion of the compulsory assessments, the student actively participated in the mandatory parts of the course.

Participation and attendance

Students are expected to be actively engaged in discussion of the content and in the activities scheduled in the programme. Required attendance will be specified on blackboard.


If an assessment or mandatory part of the course is not passed or completed, the student will get a retake or revision or has to fulfil an alternative assignment.

Exam review

How and when a review of the written paper will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest.
More information will be published on blackboard.

Reading list

Will be published on blackboard.