In the first and second semester, students will follow mandatory courses that contain an historical and theoretical introduction of the ageing societies. Moreover, the course content provides insight into policy-oriented ageing research and introduce students to data and methods for policy oriented social science research on Ageing and Social Change. The courses inform about increasing economic inequality and accelerated population ageing as key features of contemporary societies between regional and global perspectives by looking into intersections between gender, social class and ethnicity. Students that decide to take the one-year option, devote the second half of the second semester to the composition of the master’s thesis and participation in regular colloquium meetings.
In the third semester, the programme leads to individual specialisation through studies abroad, internships, intensive research and reading courses as well as elective courses on an advanced level in the field of ageing, policy analysis.
The fourth semester is devoted to the composition of the master’s thesis and to the participation in regular thesis colloquium meetings. The master’s thesis regularly involves a small-scale research study. In addition to their thesis and course work, students will follow a schedule of thematic seminars.