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Future perspectives



Semester I/II, 2 September 2019 - 1 April 2020.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree and admission to Master Vitality & Ageing.


The organisation of our ageing society needs innovation. The master starts with an intensive one-week 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. During this first week, the students will experience the importance of the development of academic skills and the value to be social connected with older people.

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.

After the first week, the course Future Perspectives will continue with two elements throughout the year. Firstly, the students will be introduced to personal development programme. In this programme students will develop and formulate their personal ambitions for their study and career. Additionally, students will formulate and fulfill a personally chosen learning objective as ‘adVAntage learning’.

Course objectives

The student:

  • 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 open up to the perspectives of older people and be aware of the value these perspectives

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

  • is able to formulate personal ambitions related to his/her professional career

  • is able to construct individual learning pathways

Mode of instruction

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

The personal development programme is an integrated programme of the course Future Perspectives and the the educational line Academic Develoment.

Course Load

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

  • Introduction (sessions and preparation): 32 hours

  • Personal development programme: 24 hours

  • Individual learning pathway: 28 hours

Assessment method

  • Completion of compulsory assignments described in the assessment plan

  • Active participation


The final grade is a pass/fail.
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.

Reading list

Will be published on blackboard.