Ageing, Social Work & Social Policy

Subject SCWK90025 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (Intensive)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours



Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9403
F: +61 3 8344 4188


Subject Overview: This course explores the impact of population ageing both nationally and internationally and reviews the nature of policy responses in the area of health care, income security, housing, employment, education and recreation structure from a variety of theoretical perspectives on individual and population ageing.

At the completion of this subject students will:

  • Have an appreciation of the dynamics of individual and population ageing
  • Understand the Australian and international policy context from a number of different theoretical perspectives
  • Have developed a detailed understanding of one particular area of aged policy analysis
  • Be able to carry out an independent study of reforms in that particular area
Assessment: A written assignment totalling 5000 words 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:

Reading pack will be available

Recommended Texts:

Borowski, A., Encel, S & Ozanne, E. (2007). Longevity and Social Change in Australia. UNSW Press: Sydney

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate:

  • their capacity to research and think critically;
  • research one particular policy area in depth and demonstrate facility with different theoretical frames in its analysis;
  • present their ideas creatively in written and oral form.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Social Policy
Master of Social Work (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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