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SWEAH Core Curriculum

SWEAH is providing a set of unique multi-disciplinary courses on ageing and health that have a broad theoretical and methodological nature and target the needs expressed by students. These courses constitute the graduate school core curriculum.

Five of SWEAH's partner universities take turn in arranging the courses, one per semester. The courses create opportunities for PhD students to learn from each other, thus taking advantage of the PhD students' diverse backgrounds. The courses within the graduate school curriculum are intended for PhD students affiliated to SWEAH, but other PhD students can apply and take the course if there are places available.

The courses are provided as part-time and distance-learning using online learning platforms. Participants will receive three ECTS (European credit transfer and accumulation system) for each completed course. Each affiliated PhD student should participate in two of the courses, of which one must be one of the ageing theory courses Theories of ageing or Gerontology – multidisciplinary and integrative perspectives on aging.

Students solve tasks both individually and in interdisciplinary groups through the learning platform. Each course usually includes a workshop and lectures requiring physical or digital attendance. All courses are given in English.

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The courses in the SWEAH Core Curriculum are

• Theories of ageing  (Lund University).

• Ageing and social change (Linköping University).

• Gerontology – multidisciplinary and integrative perspectives on aging (University of Gothenburg). 

• Societal Communication and Impact of Research on Ageing and Health (Örebro University). 

• Societal and life-course perspectives on inequalities in aging (Karolinska Institutet). 


Steven Schmidt
Associate professor, study coordinator
+46 46 222 19 83
steven [dot] schmidt [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (steven[dot]schmidt[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)