SCS688 Dementia and identity

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at health and social care professionals, voluntary sector practitioners and those looking to develop an academic career focusing on dementia and dementia care.

Overview of content

• Examination of dementia as an aspect of identity, drawing on a range of sociological and psycho-social theory and research.
• Discussion of ways discourses of dementia promote stigma and other negative forms of labelling, and potentially create “excess disability”
• Application of the social model of disability to explore and critique the social construction of dementia
• The intersection of dementia with other social divisions including gender, race and class
• Application of critical theoretical knowledge through a fieldwork placement involving the people with dementia in care and/or support settings

What is it about?

Drawing upon sociological and psycho-social theory and contemporary research evidence this module aims to offer students innovative and useful ways for examining the consequences of a dementia diagnosis for society, communities and those affected directly by dementia. It promotes greater sensitivity in the ways ‘dementia’ is discussed and explained by staff with and around diverse groups of people with a dementia diagnosis to promote enduring self-esteem and valued sources of social identity.

How does it enhance practice?

This module combines taught elements with observational placement days in order to allow students to explore the different aspects of personal and social identity and how care or support settings may enhance or reduce the preservation of a person’s individuality.

Mode of assessment

Module related knowledge will be assessed through completion of a 3000 word assignment.

Links to Academic Award:

NURT66 MA Dementia Studies


15 Credits at Level 7

Course Structure

Start date: Dates for September 2020 tbc

Attendance dates: September 2018 date structure for reference only
3 October 2018
17 October 2018
31 October 2018
14 November 2018
28 November 2018
12 December 2018
9 January 2019 - no tutorials and assignments
16 January 2019 - no tutorials and assignments
23 January 2019 - no tutorials and assignments

Any entry requirements/pre-requisites

Applicants should have already successfully achieved a first degree or accrued 120 credits at level six (degree level); or be able to demonstrate their ability to study at this level.

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by selecting the "apply" link at the top right of this page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.

If you wish to undertake the full MA Dementia Studies course, please apply using this form.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, however teaching may take place across the University site.

Programme Leader:

Berni Murphy, Department of Sociological Studies, 0114 222 6437