Teaching Activities

Involvement of Students

Supervision of Student's Final Theses

We provide guidance and preparation for the topics of bachelor's and master's theses dealing with the sociology of ageing and old age.

Master's degree programme

Bachelor's degree programme

Examples of student's final theses

Bachelor's theses

Prášilová, Kateřina (2020). bachelor's thesis: The Grandfamilies Phenomenon: Grandparents Providing Intensive Care (Scoping Review).

Pruden, Petra (2019). bachelor's thesis: Ambivalence of Ageing in Urban Environments and the Concept of Age-friendy Cities.

Marešová, Lenka (2016). bachelor's thesis: Fourth Age and its Age Specification at the Case of the Czech Republic.

Klusáček, Jan (2015). bachelor's thesis: Grandchildren Care and its Impact on Older People Life Satisfaction.

Trebichalská, Monika (2012). bachelor's thesis: Childless Old Age.

Rozsíval, Filip (2008). bachelor's thesis: The Picture of the Seniors in Mladá Fronta Dnes Newspaper.

Master's theses

Grešáková, Lýdia (2016). master's thesis: When Design Meets Resident: Urban Rhythms, Planning of a Public Space and the Elders in Brno.

Jestřábová, Klára (2012). master's thesis: Marketing Consequences of Ageing Population: Senior as a Customer and Consumer.

University Subjects

The course acquaints students with basic approaches in the field of social gerontology by reviewing key concepts and problems. After graduating from the course, students will master the basic arguments in the field of population aging and understand the overlap of demographic phenomena for life in society. They will be equipped with concepts, approaches and methods for relevant sociological and socio-political practice.


  • Introduction and demography of ageing.
  • To feel old age in my own skin.
  • Ageing policies.
  • Sociological research in older population.
  • Ageing and public space.
  • Ageing and housing.
  • Sociology of age, ageing and old age.
  • The economy of ageing.
  • Old age and family.
  • Psychology of ageing.

The course acquaints students with advanced concepts and controversies in the field of social gerontology. It is built as an overview of key topics which are in last decades high on research agenda in both Czech Republic and abroad.


  • Ageing and gerontosociology: next big thing?
  • Ageing body.
  • Longevity in people and societies: is age just a number?
  • Sexuality and social networks.
  • Key concepts of cultural gerontology.
  • Ageing, place, and space.
  • Social theories of ageing.
  • Fourth age.
  • Economy of ageing and pension systems.
  • Cognition in later life.

Investigating specific research in hard-to-reach and under-studied populations. Lectures are composed of both quantitative and qualitative paradigm approaches and emphasis is put on practical know-how sharing and hands-on approach. Highly heterogeneous populations such as senior or prison population, who "defy" common sociological methods, will be discussed.


  • Typology of hard-to-reach populations and research. 
  • Research in prisons, researching homelessness or drug addiction.
  • Basics of communication with people with specific sensory limitations.
  • Questionnaire and surveys.
  • Specifics of research in the senior population from the perspective of agencies for marketing and social research.
  • Research sources and platforms - data archives.
  • Qualitative research interview.
  • Research ethics and difficult topics.

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