Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg, External
lecturer, Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Cph.
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MSc in Public Health Science
Open for BSc students in Public Health Science who have passed
1st semester BSc course in Sociology (or
The aim is to explore and discuss social aspects of aging and
dying in modern societies. Furthermore, to study and describe
dilemmas in the implementation of sufficient care in relation to
the growing number of elderly people and severely ill patients.
First part of the course will introduce the notion of ‘healthy
aging’ and the implementation of this norm in relation to elderly
users of the welfare system. Secondly, the course will present
historical and cultural backgrounds for the concepts around death
and dying, related to the field of thanatology (death studies).
Thirdly, the use of technologies to prevent aging and dying will be
studied and compared to the ‘death awareness movement’, which
promote an encounter with mortality.
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
To understand aging and dying in contemporary society as a site
of social and cultural negotiation of coming to terms with
To understand the role of elderly population’s lived experiences
in relation to governance and altered ways of being in an aging or
To understand how thebody affects’ways to
Have developed a sociological awareness of the aging and dying
body in society in a public health scientific perspective.
Be able to analyse contemporary social issues in relation to the
aging and dying body and public health;
Be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills in applying a
sociological perspective to the area of gerontology and
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, student presentations, class and group
Informal verbal feedback: during lectures and tutorials for
individual and group work.
Formative feedback: during the course when the students
contribute regularly by short presentations of course relevant
Summative feedback: as a grade on the assessed
Passed course in Sociology SFOA09006U at BSc
level in the BSc in Public Health Science (or
This course is open for MSc students from MSc in
Global Health, MSc in Health Science and MSc in Health Informatics
A limited number of slots are available for credit transfer
Exam (Sociology og Aging and Dying)
Type of assessment
Essay: A paper to be written parallel to and after the course.
Written individually (15 pages (15 x 2400 characters (with spaces,
references excluded), or in groups up until three students (see
guidelines for number of pages).