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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

This unit focuses on the rights of older people to lead valued and independent lives and to participate in social and cultural life. It examines how concepts of justice, equality, independence, dignity and respect can be applied in practice to enrich the lives of older people, and examines specific legal issues relevant to an aging population.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction; the historical and political context of elder law in Australia
Topic 2 Making Legal agreements and elder abuse
Topic 3 Privacy and confidentiality
Topic 4 Age discrimination
Topic 5 Euthanasia, Palliative care and end of life decisions
Topic 6 Delegation and capacity
Topic 7 Financial issues
Topic 8 Making and challenging wills
Topic 9 Elder abuse Liability and civil remedies
Topic 10 Accommodation issues

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 demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of legal issues relating to the aged and aged care in Australia
2 apply knowledge of elder law in creatively responding to legal and social issues impacting on the Aged
3 demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively within a team through the planning and implementation of a group project.

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of legal issues relating to the aged and aged care in Australia
    • GA1:
  2. apply knowledge of elder law in creatively responding to legal and social issues impacting on the Aged
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively within a team through the planning and implementation of a group project.
    • GA1:
    • GA5: