ECTS subject

Social Innovation for the Challenges of Longevity Society

Course type

Extracurricular activity

Number of ECTS CP


Study programme

ECTS credit points can be obtained for the first or the second cycle of the study programme.


Enrolment in the first or the second cycle of a study programme of the University of Ljubljana. 

Methods of work

  • Lectures: 10 hrs.
  • Tutorial: 60 hrs.
  • Individual work: 50 hrs.


The course is assessed with a mark passed/failed.    For a successfully completed course, a student: participates in direct contact hours (75% attendance is required for tutorials), prepares a research presentation.



Content of ECTS  subject

Students of various study programmes will be familiarised with longevity, active ageing, interactive linking research and practical activity. Students will develop critical reflection on ageism.    The program links study with research and innovation in the field of longevity develops competencies for interdisciplinary cooperation and research, strengthens collaboration with alumni clubs UL and senior alumni community.   Students will learn (research learning, tutorials) about positive aspects of prolonging life through multidisciplinary analysis of selected life stories. Based on an analysis of these stories, they will define a set of problems attempt to find creative solutions.   Research strategies: -narrative analysis of life stories, -DTR (design thinking methodology) and  development of ideas for social innovation

Objectives and competences

Students will develop communication competencies for successful public speaking and speaking. Students will learn:  
  • basics of speech,
  • appropriate and effective non-verbal ways of communicating for confident performance (facial expressions, gestures, moving in space), proper breathing for an open and penetrating voice,
  • techniques for managing fear to express opinions and performances in front of a group with confidence,
  • rhetorical skills for positive, relaxed and successful communication,
  • ability to communicate in different circumstances, actively listening and expressing thoughts and

Intended learning outcomes

  • disseminating and deepening knowledge about the phenomenon of language and speech,
  • recognizing the specifics of public language and speech,
  • getting to know one's own and other people's speech and its functioning, understanding the physiology of speech, the ability to listen to and evaluate speech and improve one's own way of communication,
  • knowledge of the Slovenian voice system and orthography,
  • effective and circumstantial writing and speaking of texts and their speech implementation,
  • enhanced communication skills
  • Ferraro, K. F. (2018). The gerontological imagination: An integrative paradigm of aging. Oxford University Press.
  • Polkinghorne, D. (2015). Possibilities for action: Narrative understanding. Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations, &
  • Interventions, 5(1), 153–173.
  • Sinclair, D. (2020). Življenjska doba. Učila.
  • Ličen, N. in Mezgec, M. (ur.) (2022). Homo senescens: Dolgoživost in izobraževanje starejših. Znanstvena založba
  • Filozofske fakultete UL (v tisku).
  • Izbrani strokovni in znanstveni članki/ Selected professional and scientific articles;
  • Gradiva s predavanj in vaj/ Materials from lectures and tutorials