About the Course
Growing old is discussed today in ominous terms – concerns about disease,
dysfunction, and destitution are daily discussed by media and policy makers.
What are individuals, families, communities and societies to make of an
ageing world? We analyze contemporary topics in psychological and social
ageing from a global perspective. Each week, we pose a question to be explored
and discussed online. Participants are encouraged to contribute their experiences
and perspectives as we create a global community to discuss age, ageing,
and the science of gerontology in action. Participants will then compile
a portfolio of materials they create and/or collect to address each week’s
question and critically reflect their knowledge and experience throughout
the course. Portfolios are then reviewed by peers at the end of the course
to foster continued discourse among participants in our COURSERA community.
Week Zero: How do I
critically appraise information about ageing?
Week One: What is ageing?
- Biology and senescence
- Social ageing
Week Two: What is it to be old?
- Familial and filial structure
- Functional status
- Social welfare/well being
- Ageing in place
Week Three: What is an ageing society?
- Ageing population (birth rate decline and longevity increase)
- Elder dependency
Week Four: What is it to age well?
- Usual and successful ageing
- Healthy ageing
- Well being
- Quality of life
- Spirituality and ageing
Week Five: What are the global implications of ageing?
Week Six: What do ageing societies need to do to prepare
for the future?
- Ageing workforce
- Caregiving workforce
- Public health
- Public policy
- Human resources
- Financial resources
- Cultural precepts
- Ethical principles
For the full syllabus, click here.
No background in ageing or related fields is required. We welcome all
participants for collaborative learning and dialogue on growing old and living in ageing communities
- Video segments with expert commentary
- Documentary video segments with field video from around the world
- Live webcast discussion
- Online discussion thread
Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement
of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.How do I contact the OldGlobe team?
Please ask questions in our discussion forum at our COURSERA course site
when the course is live.
What should I post to the OldGlobe Discussion Forum on COURSERA?
Please post comments and questions about course content to the COURSERA
discussion forum. You will see that we start some discussions
based on ideas we think are critical to our discussion. Please review the discussion threads carefully to see if your comments fit in an existing thread before starting a new thread.What should I do with OldGlobe on Facebook and Twitter?
a Facebook page
along with a Twitter account @OldGlobeMOOC to facilitate more personal
reflections and submissions. Please consider using Facebook to connect
with other OldGlobers in your area and to post photos and links relevant
to the course discussion. You might want to Tweet observations and ideas
pertinent to OldGlobe and our discussions. You can also post images on
Instagram and video clips on Vine through Twitter too.
How will my participation be evaluated?
We ask that each
participant who wishes to receive a Statement of Accomplishment create a portfolio of work that other participants will
comment upon as the evaluation for OldGlobe.
May I participate in OldGlobe even if I don't want a Statement of Accomplishment or cannot participate as needed to complete the portfolio?
Absolutely! We welcome all participants to engage in dialogue with the OldGlobe Teaching Team and with other participants. Completing the portfolio to qualify for a Statement of Accomplishment is a decision that each participant makes based on her or his own learning goals.
When does OldGlobe end?
We will close the current session OldGlobe on 5 July 2014.How can I learn more about other open online courses offered by the University of Pennsylvania?
For more information about Penn’s Online Learning Initiative, please go to:http://onlinelearning.upenn.edu/