SOCn6205 Social gerontology: Concepts and controversies

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Lucie Vidovićová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Marcela Petrová Kafková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Tereza Menšíková (assistant)
Mgr. Petr Fučík, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Galčanová Batista, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. MUDr. Hana Matějovská Kubešová, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lucie Vidovićová, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 8:00–9:40 U43
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There are no prerequisites.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 8/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course acquaints students with advanced concepts and controversies in the field of social gerontology. It is built as an overview of key topics which are in last decades high on research agenda in both Czech Republic and abroad.
Learning outcomes
Students after finishing the course will be able to formulate their positions and engage in critical thinking on various social features from the point of view of ageing studies. They will be able to state main definitions and criticism on social theories of ageing. They will be able to individually build a critical case and to reflect various social phenomenon and summarise it in the form of structured scientific journal article.
  • Ageing and gerontosociology: next big thing?
  • Ageing body.
  • Longevity in people and societies: is age just a number?
  • Sexuality and social networks.
  • Key concepts of cultural gerontology.
  • Ageing, place, and space.
  • Social theories of ageing.
  • Fourth age.
  • Economy of ageing and pension systems.
  • Cognition in later life.
    required literature
  • Buffel, T. 2018. Social research and co-roduction with older people: Developing age-friendly communities. Journal of Aging Studies, 44, 52-60.
  • Tine Buffel & Chris Phillipson (2018) A Manifesto for the Age-Friendly Movement: Developing a New Urban Agenda, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 30:2, 173-192, DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2018.1430414
  • VIDOVICOVÁ, Lucie, Lucie GALČANOVÁ, Marcela PETROVÁ KAFKOVÁ and Dana SÝKOROVÁ. Stáří ve městě, město v životě seniorů (Ageing in the City, City in the Life of Seniors). 1st ed. Praha, Brno: Sociologické nakladatelství, Masarykova univerzita, 2013. 372 pp. Studie. ISBN 978-80-7419-141-1. URL info
    recommended literature
  • The Sage handbook of social gerontology. Edited by Dale Dannefer - Chris Phillipson. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2010. xxiv, 685. ISBN 9781446270479. info
  • Ageing in society : an introduction to social gerontology. Edited by John Bond - Peter T. Coleman - Sheila M. Peace. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications, 1996. xiv, 401. ISBN 0803989474. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, presentations of guest speakers, seminar projects, reading
Assessment methods
5 seminar projects (each 10 points), paper on selected topic (40 points) and its presentation for the group, peer review (10 points). Students need 61 points to pass the exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2022.
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