Growing old is discussed today in ominous terms – concerns about disease,
dysfunction, and destitution are daily discussed by media and policy makers.
What are individuals, families, communities and societies to make of an
ageing world? We analyze contemporary topics in psychological and social
ageing from a global perspective. Each week, we pose a question to be explored
and discussed online. Participants are encouraged to contribute their experiences
and perspectives as we create a global community to discuss age, ageing,
and the science of gerontology in action. Participants will then compile
a portfolio of materials they create and/or collect to address each week’s
question and critically reflect their knowledge and experience throughout
the course. Portfolios are then reviewed by peers at the end of the course
to foster continued discourse among participants in our COURSERA community.
Week Zero: How do I
critically appraise information about ageing?
Week One: What is ageing?
Biology and senescence
Week Two: What is it to be old?
Familial and filial structure
Social welfare/well being
Ageing in place
Week Three: What is an ageing society?
Ageing population (birth rate decline and longevity increase)
Week Four: What is it to age well?
Usual and successful ageing
Quality of life
Spirituality and ageing
Week Five: What are the global implications of ageing?
Week Six: What do ageing societies need to do to prepare
for the future?
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.