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Interdisciplinary research: Aging as a field of study
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3648-15-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 21/10/2015
Date and time09.11.2015, at: 09:00 - 13.11.2015, at: 16:00
Regular seats12
Course fee7,440.00 kr.
LecturersClaus Desler
ECTS credits4.20
Contact personTina Weller    E-mail address: tina.weller@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
Learning objectives
A PhD student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Understand and use interdisciplinary approaches to conduct research on aging
2. Recognize and begin to apply basic concepts from different research disciplines in order to study aging
3. Understand aging from both a biological and a socio-cultural perspective
4. Compare and discuss results from different research disciplines in order to formulate an interdisciplinary discussion

Content
An understanding of aging involves studying both the biological processes and the socio-cultural issues that affect a person’s health over the life course. This course is aimed towards PhD students who are working with research related to aging, but is also relevant for students who wish to gain a better understanding of how a research subject is approached from different research disciplines and how to utilize the strengths of different research disciplines to conduct interdisciplinary research.
The course will be based on introductory lectures on the study of aging from a biological, demographic, and socio-cultural research perspective.
Alzheimer’s disease will be used a case study, and students will be introduced to research into the disease from the perspective of three different research disciplines. The students will collect data and conduct an analysis, and then be able to formulate an interdisciplinary discussion based on their results.

Participants
The PhD course is intended for students who are working or planning to work on aging and interdisciplinary projects; however, the course is open for all students interested. If the total number of applicants is greater than the space available, students will be selected on the basis of their research background in order to ensure interdisciplinary variation.

Form
The course will cover aging research from the perspective of different research disciplines, and instructors from each discipline will give an introductory lecture. Students will be presented with Alzheimer’s disease as a case study, which they will investigate via supervised group-work and laboratory exercises. The students’ final work will be prepared as presentations and discussed in plenum.

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