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
16 Anthropology of family life 3
17 Supervision in social gerontology 3
  Leadership module  
18 Organizational behavior and HRM 9
19 Teamwork and excellence in services 6
20 Communication between generations 6
  Business module (students gather 6 ECTS)  
21 Social Marketing 3
22 Non-profit organizations 6
23 Volunteering 3
  Occupational-animation module (students select one course)  
24 The organization of free time: new approaches to organizing free time 6
25 The organization of free time: recreational sport program 6
  Philosophy and religions  
26 Basics of philosophy and ethics 3
  Palliative care  
27 Palliative care 6
  Methodological module  
28 Basics of informatics 6
  Practical training module  
29 Practical Training II 6


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




Undergraduate: Social Gerontology, Management, Nursing, Physical Therapy
Graduate: Management


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Tanja Angleitner Sagadin is based in Maribor, Slovenia. She has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in incoming, marketing, promotion, tour management and education.

She has been director of the Vocational college of hospitality and tourism Maribor since May 2019. Prior to this, Tanja has worked for several training organizations in Europe since 2002 as a facilitator, coach and course developer, deliver corporate trainings in the Balkan region, Italy, Central Europe and Scandinavia, in the areas of Sales, Leadership, Negotiation and Soft skills. Having been raised bilingually, Slovene and German, Tanja is also fluent in 6 other languages: English, Italian, Croatian, Serbian, Spanish and Dutch. Due to her language skills and 11 years of living, studying and working in six countries on two continents, she is very experienced in working in different cultural and language environments, as well as interpreting and analysing.

Tanja has a PhD in Comparative literature (American studies) and Cultural Anthropology from Karl Franz University Graz (Austria) and a post-graduate specialist degree in Management from the University of Primorska (Slovenia). After graduating, she carried out her internship in incoming, marketing and sales of an UK based tour operator. She later on moved to a smaller bank in Slovenia, where she was the Director of Public relations. After spending a few years in the banking industry, in 2008 Tanja returned to education and training. During the last decade, she dedicated most of her endeavours to tertiary education, having worked as university lecturer, head of international relations and event manager. Her activites included international accreditations, quality control, and accreditations of study programmes in Slovenia and abroad. She has been working on comparission of study programmes in various countries, preparing short reports and analyses as well as carrying out international evaluations of short-cycle study programmes.

For the last 5 years, she has been actively involved in European projects, focusing on student skills and competencies, vocational education, connectivity to the world of work, mentoring and international standards.

In addition to being director of VCHT Maribor, she is also a teacher of English as a foreign language, Business communication and Project management.


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.


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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