Diploma in Social Gerontology


Course overview

The Diploma in Social Gerontology covers a broad range of economic, social and political theories relating to ageing and examines public policy for older people across a number of fields. It is designed to equip students with the professional and analytical skills necessary to understand age and ageing in an economic, social and policy context and to enhance and develop their careers in age-related fields.

 

Who is this course intended for?

This course is open to all those with an interest in the study of ageing including; health and social care professionals; those who work with older people in governmental, non-governmental or voluntary organisations; members of active retirement groups or other older people’s groups; older volunteers; those who wish to study issues related to older people for their own interest and enjoyment.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Social Gerontology. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Additional requirements

None

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: Please contact the coordinator

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: 25

Closing date: Please contact the coordinator

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

The Diploma is a two-year, stand-alone, part-time programme for mature students. It covers a broad range of economic, social and political theories relating to ageing and examines public policy for older people across a number of fields.

 

In Year 1 of the programme, there are three modules:

  • Introduction to Social Gerontology
  • Economics of Ageing
  • Social Perspectives on Ageing

In Year 2 of the programme, there are three modules:

  • Rural Gerontology
  • Public Policy for Dependant Older People
  • Research Skills and Research Paper

 

Learning takes place by means of a blend of formal teaching, guest speakers, a field trip, discussion and students sharing their own knowledge and experience.

Applications and selections

Please contact the coordinator for further information.

Requirements and assessment

Students attend class for six hours every second Saturday during semesters 1 and 2 of each academic year. All modules are assessed individually. For four of the modules there is an end of semester written examination and a continuous assessment assignment; for the remaining two, there is continuous assessment and a research project.

Find out more

Áine Ní Léime (Course Coordinator)
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
Cairnes Building
NUI Galway
T 353 91 495458
F 353 91 512516
E aine.nileime@nuigalway.ie

 

Or

 

Christine Delargy (Development Officer) / Sandra Hallinan (Administrative Assistant)
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology
Cairnes Building
NUI Galway
T 353 91 495461 / 494308
F 353 91 512516
E icsg@nuigalway.ie

 

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 per year
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 per year

A number of scholarships will be available for applicants who have become unemployed (since January 2008), and wish to update their skills and knowledge. Scholarships will constitute a 50% contribution to programme fees. A separate application process will be required.

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