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Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2018/2019
Type of Teaching Doctorate
Course 053639 - THE AGEING SOCIETY: A CHALLENGE FOR TECHNOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL INNOVATION
Professor Ranci Ortigosa Costanzo
Cfu 5.00 Type of Course Mono-Disciplinary Course

Phd Programme From (included) To (excluded) Course
MI (1300) - SCUOLA DI DOTTORATOAZZZZ053639 - THE AGEING SOCIETY: A CHALLENGE FOR TECHNOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

Detailed program and learning outcomes

The course is aimed to explore the different challenges posed to contemporary society by the ageing society, and the role played by technological and social innovation in providing solutions. Starting from a description of the main challenges, the course develops different perspectives of technological and social innovation trying to solve the main problems related to ageing.

The course has the following main aims:

  1. Providing a description of the social economic drivers of the ageing society, and of the main challenges posed by ageing
  2. Describing the main innovation taking place in this context, in an interdisciplinary perspective: from ICT innovation to social innovation
  3. Considering how the different developments are able to impact on the problems of the ageing society, to challenge students to innovate and test the problem solving potential of innovation
  4. Discussing the societal and ethical problems rising from the increased role played by technology in the ageing society, considering the main dilemmas connected to the end-of-life

The course includes seven lecturers given by invited speakers who are specialists in the specific issue at stake. Each lecture includes: a main lecture (approx. 1 hour), discussion of the lecture in small groups among students (1 hour), collective discussion in plenary session with the lecturer (1 hour). The course includes also a daily field visit (see below).

 The main contents of the course include:

  • The demographic and social challenges: what is the ageing society and what is its impact on contemporary society
  • ICT enabled independent living for elderly
  • Ageing in place: the new frontiers of domotics and home automation
  • Collective housing: the present and future of residential homes
  • Ageing in the city: social innovation in urban contexts. A field visit observing traditional collective structures under reorganization and more recent, innovative and flexible centers
  • The ethical dilemmas of the ageing society: debating the end-of-life care
  • Closing lesson: what can be done? Trajectories of innovation in the ageing society

 

 

 

 


Notes on methods of assessing

The final evaluation will be based on a final individual short paper (max. 7 pages) to be written starting from the course readings or personal learning.  The short text will be marked and students will have the option to discuss it with the professor.

The final assessment is based on two main criteria:

  1. the PhD student shows good understanding of the issues at stake in the course and capacity to manage the concepts proposed and discussed in the course
  2. The PhD student is able to develop a personal, critical approach to the considered issue, based on personal knowledge and the concepts learnt in the course.

 


Teaching activities
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Schedule planning

January 9  9:15-12:15    Introduction of the course. The demographic and social challenges: what is the ageing society and what is its impact on contemporary society, prof. Costanzo Ranci

January 16  9:15-12:15  ICT enabled independent living for elderly, Ing. Lorena Rossi (INRCA-IRCCS Ancona)

January 23  9:15-12:15 Space quality and space setting for aged people at home and in residences: on the importance of designing spaces for our future selves, prof. Antonio Carvalho (Politecnico di Milano)

January 30  9:15-12:15  The ethical dilemmas of the ageing society: debating the end-of-life care, prof. Marco Marzano (University of Bergamo)

February 6  9:15-17:15 Ageing in the city: social innovation in urban contexts (with field visit), Prof. Massimo Bricocoli and prof. Stefania Sabatinelli (Politecnico di Milano)

February 13  9:15-12:15  Collective housing: the present and future of residential homes, Dr. Margrit Hugentobler (ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE)

February 20  9:15-12:15  Closing lesson: what can be done? Trajectories of innovation in the ageing society, Prof. Costanzo Ranci, prof. Stefania Sabatinelli (Politecnico di Milano)


Bibliography
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAndrews G. and Phillips D. (eds), Ageing in place. Perspectives, policy, practice, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2005
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSixsmith A. and Gutman G., Technologies for Active Aging, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2013

Didactic forms
Type of didactic form Teaching hours
lesson
26.0
training
0.0
computer laboratory
0.0
experimental laboratory
0.0
project
0.0
project laboratory
0.0

Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in language English
Study material/slides available in English
Textbook/Bibliography available in English
It is possible to take the examination in English
Support available in English

Note Professor
schedaincarico v. 1.6.1 / 1.6.1
Area Servizi ICT
19/11/2019