Sociology and Demografy Aging

Base Knowledge

Not applicable.

Teaching Methodologies

of the various syllabuses by the students with guidance and supplement the teacher.
The evaluation will be based on a component, which includes class participation and taking writen test,
with a weight up to 52,5% and a working component, preferably in groups with a weighting of 47,5%.
The written test is eliminatory, students must obtain a minimum grade of 7,5.
The nature, characteristics and ponderation of each of the works will be subjected to an analysis during
the first class and the information will be recorded on the summary and on the web platforms.
Evaluation by final exam consists of making a individual written test.
Students whose grade is equal to or greater than 9,5 will obtain approval.
Students whose grade rates between 7,5 and 9,4 values the exam will hold an oral test, and the final score
shall be the average of the grades obtained.

Learning Results

1. To know the trends and the aging population worldwide.

2. To know evolution and aging of the Portuguese population in the last 50 years and the prospective aging of Portugal in the European and global context.

3. To understand the implications of an aging population and increased life expectancy.

4. Knowing the changes occurring with age, roles and social structure and recognize that the aging process is the product of circumstances structural, and cultural definitions of personal experiences.

5. To know the sociological theories of aging and understand the impact on the process of aging individual and social conditions social micro and macro (economic, structural, cultural).

6. To understand the impact of attitudes, myths and stereotypes in the integration / inclusion and quality of life of the elderly population.


1.1 – Demography: concepts, indicators and variables;
1.2 – Trends of the evolution of the world population;
1.3 – Aging in the European Union: problems and challenges;
1.4 – Evolution and aging of the Portuguese population in the last 50 years;
1.5 – Prospective of demographic aging in Portugal.
2.1 – Sociological theories of aging;
2.2 – Social representations of old age;
2.3 – Aging in various sociocultural contexts;
2.4 – Old age and family relationships: solidarity and tensions;
2.5 – Old age, social inequalities and gender inequalities;
2.6. Ageing and health: the part of medicine; social and health inequalities;
2.7 – Active aging and quality of life;
2.8 – Employment, retirement and welfare state.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

  • - Test - 100.0%
Continuing Evaluation
  • - test - 52.5%
  • - group and individual papers - 47.5%




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