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Ageing in Society (POPH90256)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90256
Term 1 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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 the contemporary discourse around ageing in context of a range of perspectives; and
  • identify and critically analyse a range of texts and perspectives on an issue of relevance to their own interest, expertise or practice.

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

Last updated: 25 February 2019