The Politics of Ageing

This programme is suitable for professionals and students alike. Ageing is an urgent topic for all generations. Every year, the average life expectancy worldwide increases, and the number of children is decreasing. Due to this combination and growing urbanization and migration, family support is becoming an increasing burden. The traditional family support system crumbles rapidly. Who will pay the expenses of the next older generation? Who will take care of these older men and women and how will we integrate this care into policy, and everyday life? How can we unpack this complex interdisciplinary and intercultural topic to ensure a proper future for all ages?

Quick Facts

  • Student profile ⇒ Current BA, current MA
  • Housing dates ⇒ 17 July - 1 August 2018
  • Programme dates ⇒ July 18 - 31 July 2018
  • Academic Director ⇒ Dr. Caroline van Dullemen

Why join this programme?

Ageing is a global topic of urgent importance: The United Nations estimates that by 2050, over 1.2 billion older people will be wihtout a secure income, unless drastic actions are taken. Today, average global life expectancy according to the World Health Organization is 71.4 years, and steadily increasing. The average number of children per family is 2.4 worlwide. The 21st century has often been termed "The Century Ageing" due to the combination of declining birth rates and an increasing life expectancy: along with growing urbanization and migration, family support for older people is becoming an increasingly demanding obligation worldwide. As a result, ageing is often framed in terms of "crisis". In this programme, we will explore the interdisciplinary and intercultural dynamics of ageing to better understand our inevitable global, intergenerational, future.

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