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The duration of the full programme is two academic years. Students who need more time to pass the credits of each module of the programme will have the time indicated in point 9 of the rules of the UNED Modular Programmes. Each academic year begins in January and ends in September. The final research project will be presented in the first fortnight of September.

Objectives of the Modular Programme:

(a) Training, updating and recycling in gerontology;

(b) Developing the necessary skills to be able to provide the care required by the elderly;

(c) Taking advantage of the resources available for elderly people;

(d) Acquiring the necessary knowledge to plan and manage gerontological services;

(e) Qualifying future professionals in gerontology and providing them with the necessary knowledge to care for the elderly;

f) To provide the psychological knowledge necessary to work in this area;

g) Familiarisation with socio-cultural and educational programmes specifically designed for the elderly;

h) To provide a psychological approach to senile dementias and intervention strategies;

i) Training in Human Resources Management applied to gerontological organisations.

Year(s): Running since 2000

Target group(s): Professionals from related areas who develop or wish to work in the field of Gerontology, graduates in Psychology, Education Sciences, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Sociology and Social Work. It is also aimed at people over 55 years o

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This programme is mainly taught using the distance learning methodology. Throughout each academic year there will be two face-to-face theoretical and practical sessions (in the months of January and April). Attendance at these sessions is highly recommended, but not compulsory. Modular Programme students who participate in these face-to-face sessions may obtain up to a maximum of 8 credits of those required to pass each part of the Programme. The face-to-face sessions will be held at the UNED Headquarters in Madrid, on Saturdays (morning hours). Students enrolled in the programme will be informed in good time of the date of the sessions so that they can organise their attendance. The teachers of the different modules will give online classes to be held on Saturdays throughout the course. Students will be informed of the programme in good time so that they can log on and follow the video classes. In addition, once the sessions are over, they will be available to listen to them again and watch the lecturer's presentation on a recorded version.

Type of product

Paper-based material Online resource Video clips / Films Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

The programme is structured in two parts consisting of theoretical and practical modules.

Compulsory materials to follow the course: the student must purchase the books. This can be done through the virtual bookshop of the UNED. In addition, they will receive specific cycling material for the course and other materials that can be downloaded from the aLF platform.

The student must carry out a Research Project and prepare a Research Report.

The completion of the whole Modular Programme entitles the student to obtain the Master's Degree in Gerontology and Care for the Elderly (UNED's own degree).

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The demographic situation in Europe is characterised by low fertility and increasing life expectancy, resulting in an ageing society. The ageing of the population is a subject of great attention and concern at the present time. Almost 7 million Spaniards are over 65 years old. By 2050, one in five people in the world will be over 60. In Europe, 35% of the population will be over 60 by the middle of the century. This rapid increase in the number of older people is accompanied by an increase in the % of people who will suffer from cognitive impairment and dementia in the coming years. This demographic situation means that more and more professionals are working and will be working with this group in the coming years, so the impact is extremely high.

As the programme has a modular structure, it is easily transferable.

Promoter of the initiative: UNED

Country: Spain

Languages available: Spanish

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