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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students focus on normal or typical aspects of ageing, with an emphasis on adaptation in old age. Topics include populaton ageing, functional changes with age, personal control and ageing, life transitions, family relationships and the social construction of ageing.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAngela Herd

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects PHE4FIG

Equivalent subjects PHE42FSG PHE41FSG PHE43FSG

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFoundation Studies in Gerontology ReadingsPrescribedHerd, A. et al. (2015)La Trobe University
ReadingsLongevity and Social Change in AustraliaRecommendedBorowski, A, Encel, S and Ozanne, E (eds) 2007UNSW PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. to explain the basic principles underlying demographic trends in an ageing population and the implications of population ageing

Module 1 notes, readings, exercises

02. to compare and contrast the four main perspectives of ageing (sociological, bilogical, psychological and economic) and how older people may be viewed differently at different times and from different perspectives

Module 2 notes, readings, exercises

03. to examine the frequency, risks and preventability of common health problems of older people and to analyse the differences between ageing and disease

Module 3 notes, readings, exercises

04. to appraise the main social resources of older community-dwelling Australians and the concept of social resources and its relationship to the health and wellbeing of older people

Module 4 notes, readings and structured online discussion

05. to critically assess diversity in ageing populations in the context of demographic changes, heterogenity of experiences and individual preferences

Module 5 notes, readings and structured online discussion

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