Unit description

Increases students' knowledge and understanding of the social context of ageing by examining the importance of social networks and support for older Australians, the distribution of social resources in later life, the implications of population ageing, the contributions of older people in their communities, and the risks and vulnerabilities to which they may be exposed in everyday life.

Unit content

  • Population ageing Societal views and attitudes towards ageing
  • Social context of ageing
  • Older people's contribution to society Implications of population ageing - social and fiscal
  • Social construction of health
  • Risks and vulnerabilities
  • Older people, rights, and political power

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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