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P2021105 - Gerontología Social I (Modulo I: Común) - Curso 2010/2011


  • Créditos ECTS
  • Créditos ECTS: 15.00
  • Total: 15.0

Otros Datos

  • Tipo: Materia Ordinaria Máster RD 1393/2007
  • Departamentos: Enfermería, Sociología
  • Áreas: Enfermería, Sociología
  • Centro: Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería
  • Convocatoria: Anual de Titulaciones de Grado/Máster
  • Docencia y Matrícula: null


Del Rio Nieto, Maria Del Carmen.SI


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CLI01OrdinarioClase InteractivaNONO
CLI02OrdinarioClase InteractivaSINO
CLI03OrdinarioClase InteractivaNONO
TI-ECTS01OrdinarioHoras de TutoríasNONO
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Existen programas da materia para los siguientes idiomas:

  • Castellano
  • Gallego
  • Inglés

  • Course objectives
    Gerontological attention is attention of integral and multidisciplinary nature. In its evaluation not only clinical aspects must be considered but also it is necessary to include social, family and environmental elements. In this sense, the discipline of Social gerontology is a substantive subject which will be useful for the basic and cross-sectional training of the student.
    The primary aspect consists of going deep into the knowledge and basic concepts of the subject taking into account the latest approaches or contributions in our scientific ambit, integrating theory and practice.

    The contents to be developed in the course will be grouped into 9 thematic units:

    Unit 1. Introduction to Social Gerontology and Sociology of Ageing.

    The complementarity of approaches between Gerontology and Sociology referred to the old people is necessary from the conceptual and methodological point of view.

    1.1. Introduction.
    1.2. Object and concept of Social Gerontology.
    1.3. Sociology of Ageing and Social Gerontology.
    1.4. Historical aspects.
    1.5. Old age and ageing.

    Unit 2. Sociologically relevant aspects of the demography of ageing.

    The process of ageing in the populations goes beyond the purely demographic having, undoubtedly, other connotations. Not only is it an element acting on the population structure but it must be considered as an element affecting primarily the economic, social and health requirements the government policies of a country must face. Their consequences start to shape a changing reality of the social significance of the different ages. Social relevance and the consequences of the increase in the proportion of old people in the whole population are dealt with.

    2.1. Introduction.
    2.2. Social relevance of demographic ageing.
    2.3. Evolution of the different theoretical approaches.
    2.4. Effects of the great transformations, linked to the demographic transition.
    2.4.1. Demographic transition.
    2.4.2. A second demographic transition?
    2.4.3. Effects of both transitions in the families of the old people.
    2.5. Social consequences of demographic ageing.
    2.5.1. Some hypotheses on the delay in the recognition of the consequences of demographic ageing.
    2.5.2. Symbolic identification between old age and death.
    2.5.3. Fear to the demographic decline.
    2.5.4. “Accepted” consequences of demographic ageing.
    2.6. Basic data on the demographic ageing in Spain.
    2.6.1. Size and evolution of the old population.
    2.6.2. Sex, age and marital status.
    2.6.3. Geographical distribution.

    Unit 3. Social change and ageing.

    Along History various social changes have taken place, some were more radical than others, and they implied deep structural alterations. In the recent history of our country we have witnessed a society transformation whose main characters have been our old people as exceptional social actors.

    3.1. Introduction.
    3.2. Conceptual bases.
    3.3. Theories of social change.
    3.3.1. Evolutionist theories.
    3.3.2. Historical materialismo
    3.3.3.Weber´s interpretation.
    3.4. Factors and conditions of social change.
    3.5. Agents of social change.
    3.6. Structure and social change in Spain.
    3.7. Social change and old age.

    Unit 4. Family institution and intergenerational solidarity.

    The family has always been considered an essential institution for political and social changes. The life cycle of the family constitutes a valuable contribution to elucidate its evolution and the influence of the intrinsic family changes on family life itself and the life of its members.
    The study of new family forms constitutes one of the best indicators of the changes experienced and one of the most basic information when describing how the life of old people goes by. Likewise, in the last two decades we are witnessing a growing interest in the study of the intergenerational relations and the flows of mutual help between generations

    4.1. Introduction: The value of domicile and the family.
    4.2. Sociologies and ideas on the family.
    4.3. Evolution and transformation of the family institution in Spain.
    4.3.1. Birth-rate and childhood.
    4.3.2. Marriage rate.
    4.3.3. Family forms.
    4.3.4. Change in the internal relationships of families.
    4.3.5. Tensions and family break-up.
    4.3.6. New family forms. Typological varieties in family structure.
    4.3.7. Family functions.
    4.4. Forms of living together with old people.
    4.5. Intergenerational solidarity.
    4.5.1. Concept and types.
    4.5.2. Family intergenerational solidarity.
    4.5.3. Social change and solidarity between generations of women.

    Unit 5. Life quality and conditions in old age: intercultural aspects.

    There is no consensus in the definition of the life quality of old people. The most common approach when measuring life quality of old people has been to use several types of indicators of satisfactory life. These rates explore absolute and relative dimensions of life quality. Recently, a greater awareness on the importance of a phenomenological approach of the study of life quality by asking people to give meaning to their own lives within the cultural and values context where they live and regarding their own life objectives. In this approach, life quality is not only multidimensional but also takes into account the life experience of people as they interpret it themselves and the others. As a consequence, every quantitative analysis must be complemented with a qualitative analysis to give meaning to the study of the life quality of old people.

    5.1. Introduction.
    5.2. Concept of life quality.
    5.3. Objectivity and subjectivity in the evaluation of life quality.
    5.4. Factors involved in the self-perception of life quality.
    5.5. Leisure and life quality in different cultures.

    Unit 6. Social Policies within the old age framework.

    In this unit we try to offer a view of the policies approved in relation to old people in four levels; international, European, Spanish and autonomic.

    6.1. Introduction.
    6.2. Internationally approved policies in relation to Old Age People.
    6.2.1. World Assembly on Ageing, Viena.
    The International Plan of Action on Ageing, 62 recommendations (1982)
    6.2.2. United Nations Principles for Older Persons (1991)
    6.2.3. World Assembly on Ageing, Madrid.
    The International Plan of Action on Ageing (2002)
    6.3. Political approach of the UE about ageing.
    6.3.1. General approach of the European Union about ageing.
    6.3.2. Main challenges and political responses in Europe.

    Work documents.
    Gerontological Plan.
    Plan of Action for Old People 2003-2007
    Galician Plan for Old People 2001-2006
    Programme for the Old People of the Rural 2002-2005.

    Unit 7. Social services and old age.
    Old people have achieved a record figure in Spain, with an intense growth. The demand for social services is much related to their autonomy capacity and that is obviously related to the older age. It is also conditioned by the family help they receive. The network of primary solidarity, above all through their descendants, reduces the demand for social services. Modernization, however, has reduced this practice and this is a factor that activates the demand for social services.

    7.1. Introduction.
    7.2. Conceptual bases and theoretical aspects.
    7.3. Social services of primary attention.
    7.4. Specialized social services.

    Unit 8. Social needs and social evaluation.

    Although it is always difficult to give priority when trying to answer the social needs, it seems that there is consensus in the developed societies as to indicate the growing importance of the demand for resources and programmes of every kind among old people.

    8.1. Introduction.
    8.2. Theoretical aspects of social needs.
    8.3. Participation and social contribution.
    8.4. The concept of integral attention for old people.
    8.5. Social needs of ageing and cultural differences.

    Unit 9. Consumption habits, retirement and old age.

    The ageing of population will have as predictable consequence the increasing growth of the expenditure, both public and private, intended to meet old people’s demands.
    Therefore, the knowledge on how these demands will evolve has a remarkable economic and social importance. In this sense we offer relevant data to show which
    the social scene where old people manage in their role as consumers of goods and services is.

    9.1. Introduction.
    9.2. The social and economic scope of consumption.
    9.2.1. The “objective of individuals” versus the “objective of consumers”.
    9.2.2. Consumption as social function.
    9.2.3. Consumption and production mode.
    9.3. Macroeconomic dimension of population ageing.
    9.3.1. Need to increase uninterruptedly public and private funds intended for old people.
    9.3.2. Demand for services and goods specifically for the third age.
    9.4. The economy of old people.
    9.5. Consumption capacity.
    9.6. Purpose of the expenditure.
    9.7. Saving.
    9.8. Buying behaviours.
    9.9. Satisfaction and dissatisfaction with consumption.
    9.10. Old people in their role as goods and services consumers.
    9.11. Consumption and consumer trends in the XXI century.

    Basic and complementary bibliography
    Basic bibliography

    Mayán, J.M. (Ed.): Gerontología Social. Santiago de Compostela, Sega Ediciones.

    Miguel, J.; Castilla, E. & Caïs, J. (1994): La Sociedad Transversal. Barcelona, Fundación "la Caixa".

    Additional bibliography

    Bazo Mª T. (1990): La sociedad anciana. Madrid, CIS.
    (1994): "La familia como centro privilegiado de intercambio entre generaciones", in: Premios Bancaixa 1993, Valencia, Bancaixa.
    (1999): Los mayores en Europa. El Euro, un apoyo para el futuro. Madrid, Biblioteca Nueva.

    Bond, J Coleman,P. & Peace,S. (1993): Ageing in society. An Introduction to Social Gerontology. London, Sage.

    Buendía, J. (Ed) (1995): Gerontología y salud: perspectivas actuales. Madrid, Biblioteca Nueva.

    Cárceles Breis, G. (1996): "La polémica sobre las prestaciones sociales de vejez: demografia y economía política versus sociología de la ancianidad. REVISTA DE INVESTIGACIONES SOCIOLÓGICAS, nº 73. January-March. Pp. 191-207.

    Catani, M. (1990): "Algunas precisiones sobre el enfoque biográfico oral", in HISTORIA Y FUENTE ORAL, M 3.

    CIS (1997). Estudio de los temas que más preocupan a los mayores en nuestra sociedad española actual. El cuidado de los mayores. CIS. Madrid.

    Del Campo, S. & Navarro, M. (199 1): La Nueva Familia Española. Madrid, Eudema.

    Forner, A. (1966): Ageing and old age. New perspectives. New Jersey, Prentice Hall.

    García, J. (1997): Aproximación a los Servicios Sociales. A Coruña, Diputación de A Coruña.

    Iglesias de Ussel, J. (1993): "Familia y Análisis sociológico: el caso de España”, in: Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 61, pp. 57-75.

    Instituto Nacional de Consumo. La Tercera Edad y el Consumo. Madrid, Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo.

    Instituto Nacional de Consumo. La Estructura del Consumo en España. Madrid Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo.

    Jamieson, A. Illsley, R. (1993). Comparación de políticas europeas de atención a las personas ancianas. Barcelona, S.G. Editores.

    Johnson, J. & Siater, R. (1993): Ageing and later age. London, Sage.

    Lamo de Espinosa, E.; Giner, S. y Torres, C. (eds.) ( 1996) Diccionario de Sociología, Alianza, Madrid.

    Ritzer, G. (2001): Teoría Sociológica Contemporánea, Madrid, MacGraw-Hill.

    Sánchez Vera, P. (1993): Sociedad y población anciana. Murcia, Serv. Public. Universidad de Murcia.

    Santos del Campo, L. (1996): "Envejecimiento demográfico: Diferencias por género", in: Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 73, January-March, pp. 177-190.

    Valero, A. (1993): "La muerte de la familia. ¿Mito o realidad?”, in: VV. AA.: Escritos de Teoría Sociológica. Madrid, CIS, pp. 1127-1143.

    Valero, A. (coord.) (1995): "Monográfico sobre la Familia. Nuevas estrategias y nuevas solidaridades", in: Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 70, April-June.

    The students are intended to develop both instrumental (capacity to solve problems and take decisions) and interpersonal (to enable the students for team work) competencies. Likewise, we seek the promotion of values and attitudes (critical sense, solidarity sense, communication…)
    Teaching methodology
    The theoretical contents of the subject will be worked on in master classes. The presentation and explanation will be supported by the use of Powerpoint presentations and, if applicable, by the use of the blackboard. Theoretical classes will be completed with classroom practices where the theoretical contents presented will be emphasized using different types of materials (videos, films, dossiers, newspaper articles, etc.) and classroom dynamics (individual and small group works, videoforum, debates, etc.).
    Assessment system
    The student will be assessed according to two items: carrying out the practices activities and an objective test (exam). The final qualification achieved will be composed of the qualification obtained in the exam (60%) and the qualification obtained in the practical activities (40%). To pass the subject the student should obtain a minimum of 5 marks over 10 in the exam and must have completed positively about 50% of the practices.
    Study time and individual work
    Development of ECTS credits of the subject SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY I


    Teacher Student Contact hours
    Factor Hours autonomous work Total
    Theoretical classes Explanation of theoretical fundamentals Participative attendance 100
    1.25 125 225
    Debates To suggest debate topics Group preparation and presentation in an interactive way 25 1.50 37.50 62.50
    Practices Monitoring and assessment Elaboration of one programme 25 1.25 31.25 56.25
    Tutorials Guides and solves doubts Receives personalized attention 20 0.25 5 25
    Exams 3 1 3 6
    Revision Exams 2
    Total 175 201.75 374.75

    Recommendations for the study of the subject
    For an optimum performance in the subject it is advisable that the students use and have access to Internet. In the following Web addresses there is all kind of useful information for this subject available to students.

     IMSERSO:
     Xunta de Galicia. Dirección General de Mayores y Personas con Discapacidad:
     Xunta de Galicia. Consellería de Asuntos Sociais, Emprego e Relacións Laborais:
     Portal Mayores:
     Federación Española de Sociología:
     CIS:

     Magazines:
     Papers:
     Revista del Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales:
     REIS, Revista de Investigaciones Sociológicas:
     RIS, Revista Internacional de Sociología:
     Revista Española de Sociología:
     Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología:
     Revista multidisciplinar de Gerontología:

     Network Servers of General Information on Statistics:
     Instituto Nacional de Estadística:
     Instituto Gallego de Estadística: