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Global Population Ageing (POPH90264)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90264
Term 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Population ageing is causing fundamental societal and economic change in many countries and regions throughout the world. Although the opportunities and challenges presented by ageing differ between countries and regions, a global perspective can inform the development of sound policy responses to help individuals and societies to manage the transition to an older population structure. This course guides students through a range of key issues that are faced by societies with population ageing, and encourages them to critically appraise specific policy responses and to identify practical lessons to be learned from the experiences of countries experiencing rapid and advanced ageing. Topics covered include health, mature age employment, retirement and finances, age-friendly housing and environments, wellbeing & community participation, advanced ageing countries and rapidly ageing countries.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Interpret data and identify specific demographic determinants of population ageing.
  • Identify and contrast challenges and opportunities across a range of social and economic issues due to an ageing population.
  • Critically analyse the range of policy responses that can address challenges of an ageing population.
  • Formulate policy recommendations for countries that are projected to experience a rapidly ageing population in future.

Generic skills

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse and evaluate relevant information.
  • High level written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with team members.
  • Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills.
  • Comparative policy analysis and research skills.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Weekly contributions to online discussions
Throughout the semester10%
  • Annotated slideshow
  • 500 words
Week 310%
  • Written report
  • 1000 words
Mid term20%
  • Report Proposal
  • 500 words
Week 610%
  • Final report
  • 2500 words
End of term50%

Dates & times

  • Term 2 - Online
    Principal coordinatorTim Adair
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours30 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date22 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirements.
    Teaching period29 April 2019 to 23 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date23 April 2019
    Census date17 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 7 June 2019
    Assessment period ends30 June 2019

    Term 2 contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au

    Coordinator: timothy.adair@unimelb.edu.au

    Further Information: MSPGH Website

    Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Further information

Last updated: 19 July 2019