Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ACA0002

 
TITLE CPD on Vulnerabilities in Older Adulthood

 
LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

 
DESCRIPTION Research studies clearly show that older persons' levels of cultural, social, human and economic capital impact their experience of ageing and related transitions.

Consequently, this study-unit introduces students to vulnerabilities of older adults and the elderly that may include material poverty, social exclusion, abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence.

This study-unit will also engage students in discussion and reflection about diversity and discrimination in older adulthood and elderly life in contemporary society, that includes gender, sexuality, sexual orientation and ethnicity.

In an effort to enhance their work practice with the potential of safeguarding and boosting quality of life and wellbeing among older persons, students will be sensitized to identifying indicators of such vulnerabilities. Students will also gain basic exposure to related support services available in Malta and Gozo.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Foster lifelong learning and continuous professional development of employees in close contact with older adults.
- Sensitize students to issues, problems and limitations encountered by the older adults, as well as socio-cultural and economic diversity between the latter.
- Capacity-building of employees in close contact with older adults and the elderly about main available support services.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- List examples of abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion in the framework of of established laws, policies and standards.
- List salient indicators of abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion.
- List services and contacts available locally that support people suffering or at risk of abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion.
- Describe steps which, in the role of employee, can be taken when alarmed by the possibility that an older adult might be experiencing (or be at risk of) abuse, cyber fraud, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Distinguish between what comprises and what does not comprise abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion in the framework of established laws, policies and standards.
- Apply procedural measures that can be undertaken when suspecting abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion, in response to given case scenarios.
- Review case scenarios of procedures undertaken when suspecting abuse, cyber crime, domestic and interpersonal violence, material poverty and social exclusion in terms of strengths, weaknesses and possible improvements.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

National Commission for Active Ageing (NCAA). (n.d.). National Strategic Policy for Active Ageing. Malta: NCAA.
(Open access at: https://family.gov.mt/en/Documents/Active%20Ageing%20Policy%20-%20EN.pdf)

Phillipson, C. (2013). Ageing. London: Routledge.

The lecturers my also recommend and provide links to further resources or readings relevant at the time of delivery.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral and Written Exercises No 100%

 
LECTURER/S Carmel P. Borg
Maria M. Brown
Marvin Formosa
Sylvana Gafa
Marceline Naudi
Timothy Zammit

 
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