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Psychology and Aging 7.5 credits

Åldrandets psykologi
First cycle, P0074A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Enginering Psychology
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completion of the course, the student is expected to:

Knowledge and understanding
* be able to display basic knowledge of theories and research in the psychology of ageing.
* be able to display basic knowledge of factors that influence psychological ageing.

Skills and abilities
* be able to apply psychological perspectives on empirical examples
* be able to produce text in academic language
* be able to give oral presentations of one’s own results

Evaluation ability and approach
* be able to reason critically about different psychological perspectives on ageing.
* be able to reason critically about stereotypical conceptions of ageing.

The course focuses on the latter part of the lifespan. The course has a broad perspective (cognitive, developmental, and social) including, among other topics, stereotypical conceptions of ageing, social relationships and ageing, the importance of an active lifestyle, and different perspectives on psychological and mental health in later life.

The teaching is situated online in the form of lectures, oral presentations, and to a large extent self-study. Since teaching is executed online, there are some specific requirements needed with regard to equipment (computer) and technical skills. Some parts of the course are mandatory (this will be highlighted in the schedule).

Resources and communication related to the course will be provided on Canvas, the internet-based platform used at LTU. Teaching and supervision, and the right of such, is restricted to the time when the course in running and the course on which the student is registered.

Examination of the course consists of oral and written assignments and presentations. As part of this, the student is required to take part in and give comment on other students’ presentations and/or written work.

Exam assignments are specified in the schedule. The purpose of all teaching is to support examination. The grade for the course is determined after the student has passed all mandatory parts of the course. Grades on the course are fail (U), pass (G), and pass with distinction (VG).

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact Luleå University of Technology, no later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost.

Daniel Sörman

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Rennemark, M. & Bratt, A. (2020). Psykologiska perspektiv på åldrande och hälsa. Edition. 1:1. Lund: Studentlitteratur. ISBN 978-91-44-12268-7
Norberg, A., Lundman, B., Santamäki Fisher, R. (red.) (2012). Det goda åldrandet. Edition 1:4. Lund: Studentlitteratur. ISBN 978-91-44-06804-6

Material will be added according to teacher's instructions. Literature will mainly consist of articles that will be handed out by teachers on the course.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Cognitive perspective, written assignmentU G VG2.00MandatoryS21
0002Social perspective, written assignmentU G VG2.00MandatoryS21
0003Development perspective, written assignmentU G VG2.00MandatoryS21
0004Oral presentationU G VG1.50MandatoryS21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 19 May 2020

Last revised
by 04 Nov 2020