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Course module: 760826-M-3
Active aging at Work
Course info
Course module760826-M-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Human Resource Studies; Human Resource Studies;
Is part of
M Human Resource Studies
M Labour Law and Employment Relations
prof. dr. T.A.M. Kooij
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Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 29/03/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021
This course prepares you for your future job as HR professional by helping you to understand what happens when employees age at work. I will teach you about aging-related changes and how organizations (e.g., HR practices, job design, and organizational climate) and managers (e.g., leadership and supervisor support) can help employees to deal with these changes and increase their sustainable employability. The course takes a broad perspective on aging including changes in abilities and performance, motivation, career stages, and self and social perceptions of aging (e.g., stereotyping). More specifically, the learning goals are the following:
  1. Students acquire knowledge about concepts and theories related to aging at work at the individual, job, team, and organizational level (KNOWLEDGE);
  2. Students can explain concepts and theories related to aging at work (COMPREHENSION);
  3. Students can assess and discuss concepts, theories and research on aging at work (ANALYSE AND EVALUATE);
  4. Students can apply concepts and theories on aging at work to practical and actual issues (APPLY);
  5. Students learn to critically evaluate leadership, job characteristics, and HR practices in the light of theoretical and empirical evidence (EVALUATE).
To reach the learning goals, the course involves 8 interactive lectures of 2.45 hours based on a particular theme and a practical assignment that you will work on throughout the course.
The lectures are structured as follows:
  • 45 minutes of lecturing (explaining the concepts and theories relevant for that week’s theme);
  • 45 minutes of class discussion (e.g., based on discussion statements you emailed beforehand, based on a case or a role-play);
  • 45 minutes of presentations, feedback and consults related to the assignment. 
You will work on the assignment in duo’s (or in groups of three students when there are more than 30 students). The assignment involves writing a sustainable employability policy for a company of your own choice.

The themes and literature (mostly journal articles) will be announced on Blackboard.

Partial results remain valid after the academic year in which they were obtained.
Course available for exchange students
Master level
Contact person
prof. dr. T.A.M. Kooij
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Active aging at Work
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