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Social Work with Elderly

  • Number of credits 15 credits

About the course

The course focuses on public, organizational and individual perspectives and experiences of aging and care work. From a social perspective the challenges of aging and older people's living conditions are problematized and conceptualized and linked to three general themes: 1) elderly care from a welfare state perspective, 2) social vulnerability and 3) care and care giving. Older people's living conditions and needs are problematized in the view of a changing society, forms of governance, organizations and legislation as well as social vulnerability such as abuse, disabilities, violence and poverty. Care relations and caregiving are problematized in relation to skills, intimacy, family, end-of-life care, death and bereavement. During the course ethical dilemmas in social work with elderly will be discussed. Age, aging and care are concepts highlighted and problematized in relation to gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality.

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