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Cursus: G-M-ED3
Dignity of the Old
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
CategorieM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorProtestantse Theologische Universiteit; PThU vestiging Groningen;
Contactpersoonprof.dr. F. de Lange
prof.dr. F. de Lange
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof.dr. F. de Lange
Overige cursussen docent
2  (09-11-2020 t/m 06-02-2021)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 12-10-2020 t/m 24-10-2020
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
At he end of this course, students will have
  1. A deeper understanding of the societal impact of global aging and the importance of ethical reflection on it;
  2. Knowledge and insights in basic (theological-)ethical theories on dignity and human rights;
  3. Knowledge and insights in basic gerontological theory;
  4. Knowledge and insights in an ethics of care perspective on the politics of care;
  5. An in-depth understanding of how human dignity of people suffering from dementia  can be recognized and respected.
“As a result of the measures taken by the government and the guidelines of the RIVM with regard to the Corona virus, education in period 1 and 2 of the academic year 2020-2021 will possibly have to take place (partly) online.
In that case, the following adjustments apply for this course:
- Lectures: Lectures will be made possible through Zoom.
- If necessary, further details will be communicated by the lecturer(s), via BlackBoard. More policy changes in the PThU regarding the Corona virus can be found at”

The prospect of living a dignified old age, and of caring in a dignified manner for elderly contributes to the good life. However, dignity is an elusive concept. What does dignity mean and imply for the position of elderly in our communities? The concept of dignity contains several layers: it refers at least to societal status, self-respect, and recognition. All of these aspects will be analyzed and their impact on elderly will be explored (1). Subsequently, sessions will be dedicated to the societal impact of a globally ageing population (2), an introduction to basic gerontological theories (3), the politics of care for the elderly from an ethics of care perspective (4) and the question how human dignity can be uphold in caring for older adults suffering from dementia (5).
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Totaal (in uur): 140 uur.
Totaal: 28x5 = 140. Verdeeld over:
18 uur (6 x 3) college-uren
82 uur zelfstudie
40 uur werkstuk
Competentie 1
Disciplinaire competentie
Toetsing van competentie 1
Competentie 2
Hermeneutische competentie
Toetsing van competentie 2
Competentie 3
Academische competentie
Toetsing van competentie 3
Verplicht materiaal
Kate de Medeiros, The short guide to aging and gerontology. Bristol: Policy Press 2017.
Frits de Lange, Loving Later Life. An Ethics of Aging. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2015; Capita Selecta idem, ‘The Dignity of the Old: Towards a Global Ethic of Ageing’, in: International Journal of Public Theology, Volume 3 No 2. 2009, 203–22
Lennart Nordenfelt, Dignity in Care for Older People. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell 2009; 26- 54 (‘The Concept of Dignity’)
John Swinton, Dementia. Living in the Memories of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2012, Capita selecta.
Aanbevolen materiaal

Attendence 80%

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten

Schriftelijk werkstuk
Minimum cijfer5,5

1. The student writes a paper (3000 words) about a research question, to be formulated in consultation with the teacher and presented and discussed in class, related to the course theme. Each individual student presents in class a written exposition about one of the compulsory texts.
2. the student writes a short assignment (KAVV) in preparation of every single session of the course, on a question related to the prepared literature. (50%)

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