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Social Work with Elderly

  • Number of credits 15 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

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.

Application and eligibility

Social Work with Elderly, 15 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2019 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


Lectures begin on week starting 2 September 2019


Lectures end during the week of 13 January 2020

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Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

A minimum of 90 ECTS within the social sciences education in one of the following: Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Peace and conflict studies, pedagogic, Gender Studies and social geography, Political science, Law/legal Science
or in other courses that are considered equal to thus above, including an individual essay carrying at least 15 credits or 90 ECTS within nursing including an individual essay carrying at least 15 credits.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.


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Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Application deadline is 15 January 2019.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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