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Social Gerontology

Alma Mater Europaea - ECM offers an innovative bachelor program in Social Gerontology for preparing students to address issues facing an aging population.

The emphasis of the Alma Mater Europaea undergraduate program in Social Gerontology is on helping students understand the process of aging from an intergenerational symbiosis perspective.

Gerontologists study the cultural, physical, social, and economic conditions of older adults. Social Gerontology is concerned with more social aspects of how aging affects populations. In recent years, issues in minority aging have received particular attention.

By most accounts, careers in the field of aging are going to be among the next big things in the 21st Century workplace.

The Alma Mater Europaea Social Gerontology bachelor program prepares students to work with older people in a wide variety of settings, such as long-term care and retirement facilities, senior centers, government offices on aging at all levels, home health care agencies, adult day care programs, and others.

Academic excellence. Innovative programs. Real-world connections. First-class educational experience. Impact your career. Study in the heart of Europe.



  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
  Basic professional module  
1 Psychological, sociologial and andragogical factors of aging 6
2 Social Gerontology 9
  Leadership module  
3 Communication in Social Gerontology 6
4 Organization and social management 9
  Business module (students select one course)  
5 Accounting and finance 3
6 Principles of micro, macro and environmental economics 3
  Medically – rehabilitation module  
7 Integrated Rehabilitation in the aging process and/or after an injury 6
8 Health, Diseases and Aging 6
  Occupational-animation module (students select one course)  
9 Occupational therapy and employment activities 3
10 Motivation for interest activities and maintaining of activities 3
  Methodological module  
11 Basics of metodology and research 6
  Foreign language  
12 Business Communication in English 3
  Practical training module  
13 Practical Training I 3


  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
  Basic professional module  (students select two courses)  
14 Principles of social psychiatry 3
15 Demographic aspects of aging 3
  Leadership module  
16 Organizational behavior and HRM 9
17 Teamwork and excellence in services 6
18 Communication between generations 6
  Business module (students gather 6 ECTS)  
19 Social Marketing 3
20 Non-profit organizations 6
21 Volunteering 3
  Occupational-animation module (students select one course)  
22 The organization of free time: new approaches to organizing free time 6
23 The organization of free time: recreational sport program 6
  Philosophy and religions  
24 Basics of philosophy and ethics 3
  Palliative care  
25 Palliative care 6
  Methodological module  
26 Basics of informatics 6
  Practical training module  
27 Practical Training II 6


  Course ECTS
Total per year 60
Total per study program 180
  Basic professional module  (students select two courses)  
28 Social work approaches with immobile and disabled people 6
29 Approaches of social work with elderly 6
30 Elderly care in the community 6
  Leadership module  
31 Project work in social gerontology 6
32 Organisational culture 6
  Business module (students select one course)  
33 Health Economics 3
34 Economic aspects of secure age 3
35 Legal aspects of secure age 3
  Philosophy and religions  
36 Basics of religions and acceptance of diversity 6
  Practical training  
37 Professional Practice 12
38 Diploma thesis 15




Undergraduate: Social Gerontology


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She has been active for more than twenty years in the design and implementation of community models for helping people with long-term mental health problems. She is the president of the NGO Altra, where she is also employed.

She is member of professional, scientific and working groups in the field of mental health and social care at various state institutions, e.g. Social Chamber of Slovenia, Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, National Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Faculty of Social Work, Institute of Social Welfare, Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Mental Health.

She also has experience with international projects and cooperation, most recently as a Senior Expert and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the project "Supporting Modernization and De-Institutionalization of Social Services" in Northern Macedonia, where she worked as an expert in education and training of professional providers. in the field of implementation of deinstitutionalization and modernization of the social protection system.


Alma Mater Europaea is committed to providing students with a broad theoretical understanding of lifespan development complemented by practical experience. Students will gain a better understanding of the roles of older adults and their contributions to society. As the field of aging is very diverse, there is a wide range of employment opportunities. Its relative newness means that there are opportunities for innovative ideas and new programs and products.

All Alma Mater Europaea - ECM lectures are filmed and e-learning supported. You can watch them in live stream and re-run them at home as many times as you like.

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Students with skills and training in Social Gerontology will be able to work with older adults or as advocates for older adults. Career opportunities are available in different settings.

Business - Industry

  • Advertising, Marketing & Business
  • Technology & Assistive Devices
  • Job Placement Services

Home & Community-Based Services

  • Information & Referral
  • Care Management
  • Area Agency on Aging Planning
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Senior Center
  • Adult Day Cares
  • On-site & Delivered Meal Programs

Recreation & Leisure Services

  • Family & Intergenerational Programs
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Life Long Learning Programs
  • Educational Programs
  • Hospitality & Food Service

Health & Social Services

  • Health Education
  • Nutrition
  • Health Promotion & Fitness Programs
  • Speech & Communication
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing & Geriatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Counseling
  • Ministry
  • DURATION: 6 semesters / 3 years
  • TITLE: Bachelor in Social Gerontology
  • LOCATION: Austria, Slovenia, e-learning
  • START DATES: October

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