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Life-course perspectives on ageing and health

This course provides knowledge about theories and empirical evidence that describes ageing from a public health perspective.

The aim is to provide the student with an overview of the development and distribution of health in the older population. After the course, the student should have basic knowledge of the association between social conditions during the life course, and health and function in old age. Furthermore, the student should have an understanding of the demography of the ageing population, as well as of how health and care vary across different groups of older adults.

  • Course structure

    You will find the course details in the course description: PH12A0 Course description, Spring term 2021 (138 Kb) .

    More information will also be distributed to all registered students through Athena.

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars. Participation in the seminars is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    Course managers

    Jonas Wastesson and Louise Sundberg from the Aging Research Center (ARC) at Karolinska Institutet.


    The course is examined through an individually written assignment that includes peer assessment, a group assignment which first is presented at a seminar and then followed by the submission of a written report, as well as active participation in the seminars.

    The examination will be in English.

    For more information on the assignments, the grading system and grading criteria, please see the course description (above under Course structure).


    Ylva B. Almquist

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels
    Associate Director of Studies