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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Examines the social, economic, and cultural context of ageing in Australia. Students will be encouraged to explore the relationship between social resources and the health and wellbeing of older people. Key issues and principles in relation to cultural and sexual diversity in ageing health policy and practice will be studied.

Unit content

  • Unit introduction and overview
  • Population ageing
  • Growing old
  • Older people's contribution to society
  • Implications of population ageing
  • Gender, relationships and ageing
  • Employment, income and ageing
  • Living arrangements and ageing
  • Diversity in ageing: Concepts and issues
  • Cultural diversity in ageing
  • Sexual diversity in ageing

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 reflect on the experience of ageing and the value of older people
2 describe some of the perspectives and theories on ageing
3 describe the demographic and cultural composition of older persons in Australia and explain the broad implications of population ageing
4 examine the social context of ageing, including the housing and retirement living options for older people
5 evaluate key issues and principles in relation to diversity in ageing health policy and practice
6 critically analyse the relationship between diversity and health, and the wellbeing of older people.
7 apply skills in academic writing, critical thinking and analysis

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. reflect on the experience of ageing and the value of older people
    • GA2:
  2. describe some of the perspectives and theories on ageing
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. describe the demographic and cultural composition of older persons in Australia and explain the broad implications of population ageing
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. examine the social context of ageing, including the housing and retirement living options for older people
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. evaluate key issues and principles in relation to diversity in ageing health policy and practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. critically analyse the relationship between diversity and health, and the wellbeing of older people.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  7. apply skills in academic writing, critical thinking and analysis
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Borowski, A, Encel, S & Ozanne, E, 2007, Longevity and Social Change in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.