Ageing in Society

Subject POPH90256 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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

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Subject Overview:

This subject aims to offer students a critical examination of the ways in which ageing is socially constructed. Students will learn about ageing from a range of perspectives, including life course, bio-medical, gender, cross cultural, consumer, historical and self-reflection. The subject will focus on how the prevailing social context shapes ideas, relationships, and practices with specific implications for older people. This subject will critically analyse all forms of ageism and how older people are portrayed in literature, media and government policy using case studies from Australia and other countries around the world. Students will be encouraged to reflect on what ageing means to them, how they would like to age and what the impact of an ageing population might mean for future policy development.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of how social construction of ageing influences perceptions, policies and practices.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of the key social issues in the field of ageing.
  • Critically analyse government policies, examples in literature and media as well as professional practice in terms of the influence of social constructions of ageing.
  • Select and further develop appropriate strategies to prevent social isolation and promote participation and engagement throughout the ageing process.
  • Weekly contribution to Online Discussions (10%)
  • Four 250-word assignments worth 5% each due at approximately two- week intervals (20%)
  • A 1,000 word assignment due mid semester (20%)
  • A team project due mid-semester (20%)
  • A 2,500 word assignment due at the end of Semester (30%)
Prescribed Texts:

Students will have access to electronic copies of relevant readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills.
  • Apply research skills to make evidence-supported recommendations.
  • Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with team members.
  • Ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and everyday practice.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Ageing
Graduate Diploma in Ageing
Master of Ageing
Master of Public Health
Specialist Certificate in Ageing

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