Course Learning Objectives
The course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia. This includes theory, innovation and best practice, policy drivers and initiatives, and a grounding in academic and research skills. You will:
- develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and approaches to dementia care;
- address critical issues in dementia care and service delivery;
- encourage improved collaboration across areas of care;
- compare and contrast national and international research;
- identify and debate current practice developments;
- develop critical thinking to promote reflective practice;
- develop knowledge and skills of social research processes.
There are a total of 3 modules.
- MSc in Dementia Studies: 9 modules
- PG Dip in Dementia Studies: 6 modules
- PG Cert in Dementia Studies: 3 modules
Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies (PG Cert): 12 months (Part Time)
Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia Studies (PG Dip): 24 months (Part Time)
Master of Science in Dementia Studies (MSc): 36 months (Part Time)
Course Module and Synopsis
Dementia and the environment (A)
This module forms part of the first year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. This module has been created in response to a rapidly growing interest in the social and physical environments inhabited by people with dementia and their significance for living well. Recent years have witnessed a dramatic restructuring of health and social care, including a steady shift away from institutional forms of care for people with dementia and towards greater levels of care provided in the person with dementia’s own home. Such changes have important implications for anyone working in the field of dementia care. Topics for discussion in the module include ageing and the environment, the importance of place in person-centred care, architecture and design, home and housing, interior and exterior design and the role of outdoor space in supporting people living with dementia. We will also discuss assistive technology in dementia care and the ethical issues surrounding the use of technology.
Critical and creative approaches to dementia (B)
This module provides a foundation for the course as a whole and has a focus on two interlocking themes. We begin by exploring different critical perspectives on dementia and their underlying theoretical context. We consider the different ways in which dementia has been understood and approached in fields such as medicine, psychology and the social sciences and examine the implications for dementia care policy and practice. Students are encouraged to make links to their own professional or caring situation and to consider how these different approaches to dementia might further inform their work and the relationships they develop with people living with dementia. In the second part of the module we turn to consider the role of creativity and the arts in dementia care. The aim here is to demonstrate and explore the diverse ways in which the arts have become embedded in dementia care and the opportunities they offer for supporting and working with people living with dementia.
Critical and reflecting thinking in dementia studies (C)
This module runs across the first year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. The aim is to introduce students to critical and reflective thinking in dementia studies. Students will be able to develop skills in critical reading and writing and enhance their abiltity to effectively synthesise, reference and cite literature. They will be encouraged to use these academic practice skills to reflect critically on creative approaches to dementia. The online learning community will for this module, as others, be a source for students to discuss ideas, draw on others’ experiences and reflect on their own academic practice.
You will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for PostGraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies (A to C)
Living with dementia (D)
This module looks at the experiences of people with dementia, their carers and families, through the lifespan of the condition from diagnosis to end of life care and death. The module focuses on the lived experiences of people with dementia and draws on the increasing amount of research literature that engages directly with people with dementia and their carers. Through this module learners will also be encouraged to reflect on the policy frameworks shaping dementia care and how care is considered in relation to people with different types of dementia, such as people with learning disabilities and dementia, people with alcohol-related dementia and those with other specific conditions.
Enhancing dementia practice (E)
This module forms part of the second year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. The module aims to contextualise current dementia practice and to unpack the underlying theories and mechanisms that support good practice in dementia care. The first half of the module considers the frameworks that influence practice, considering legislation and policy as well as ethical and practice guidelines. These sections look at legislative frameworks that govern how care and support are provided for people with dementia and their families in the UK and other countries, alongside global approaches to ethical practice encompassing human rights approaches and consideration of risk and advocacy. There follows a short reflection on the dementia workforce, considering who is taking care of people with dementia and what gaps and needs there are in their knowledge and skills. This is important context for the second half of the module which considers how practice is enhanced and developed through the acquisition and use of new knowledge and evidence and the subsequent sharing of this through transfer and learning. Towards the end of the module you will be encouraged to consider how you might support change in your organisation – through training and through the introduction of new approaches and ideas.
Understanding and evaluating evidence in dementia studies (F)
This module forms part of the second year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. The module provides students with skills and knowledge that will enable them to effectively evaluate a range of evidence from research and practice and to then utilise this evidence to build a strong knowledge base and improve practice within their workplace. The module focuses on four keys themes: evaluating the research evidence; understanding statistical evidence; promoting participatory practice and research; and utilising skills in social media to develop practice and knowledge networks.
You will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for PostGraduate Diploma in Dementia Studies (A to F)
Researching quality of life and dementia: Approaches and methods (G)
This module focuses on the different methodologies and methods used to research quality of life with dementia. Broad methodological approaches to understanding and investigating the concept of quality of life are linked to wider theoretical frameworks for understanding dementia. The module explores how different ways of conceptualising quality of life with dementia impact on the particular ways in which social researchers design their methodological approach, choose particular methods and engage people with dementia.
Researching dementia (H)
This module introduces students to the third year of postgraduate study and provides a foundation for conducting dementia care research. The module introduces theories related to dementia research methodology, methods and analysis, and discusses how such theory can be conceptualised within different models of dementia care research. Examining opportunities for research at different scales, and with reference to the roles of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in dementia care research, this module will also encourage students to think about how research impact in dementia care can be planned for and achieved. The module overall will help prepare students for further masters level study.
Developing a dementia research proposal (I)
This module asks students to write a proposal for a research project in the field on dementia care. The module will guide students in identifying a suitable topic, developing research questions and adopting appropriate data collection and analysis methods. After completing the module, students will be further equipped with the research skills necessary to conduct research as part of their professional practice.
You will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for Master of Science in Dementia Studies (A to I)