Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Politics of Ageing

when 30 June 2019 - 18 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1575

Ageing is a global topic of urgent importance: The United Nations estimates that by 2050, over 1.2 billion older people will be wihtout a secure income, unless drastic actions are taken. Today, average global life expectancy according to the World Health Organization is 71.4 years, and steadily increasing. The average number of children per family is 2.4 worlwide. The 21st century has often been termed "The Century Ageing" due to the combination of declining birth rates and an increasing life expectancy: along with growing urbanization and migration, family support for older people is becoming an increasingly demanding obligation worldwide. As a result, ageing is often framed in terms of "crisis". In this programme, we will explore the interdisciplinary and intercultural dynamics of ageing to better understand our inevitable global, intergenerational, future.

This three-week interdisciplinary program will address important questions: what are the implications of demographic transition for an ageing population? How do governments, civil society, business and households deal with the risks of old age poverty in various regions of the world? What are the specific needs of older people and how do we care for them? In what way is the intergenerational contract under threat regarding social security and care?

Course leader

Dr. Caroline van Dullemen

Target group

This programme is designed for Bachelor's and Master's students. Students can be part of any programme humanities, arts, or social and behavioural sciences.

Course aim

By the end of the program, students will have an in-depth overview of global ageing and regional trends in relation to socio-economic, political, and cultural responses. The first broad overview of the first week will be complemented by a week of specific thematic case studies on technology, housing, health and long-term care, financial literacy, and micropensions. These topics cut across regional debates and provide important moments and spaces for reflection.

We will address a variety of topics, including changing global demographics, social and economic inequality, health and wellness, and technological developments.

Credits info

6 EC
Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university.

Fee info

EUR 1575: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days;
public transportation card;
access to course materials;
all excursions and site visits;
welcome and farewell events;
official UvA transcript.
EUR 500: Housing fee (optional).


See our website for various scholarship options.

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