This unit examines how ageing is a social construct. The unit will begin by examining the global phenomena of population ageing, and how language is used to discuss the social change from a young to older population. The unit also examines cultural and Indigenous beliefs of ageing and older age. You will examine and critique social attitudes towards ageing, the impacts of ageism, and how the use of language impacts on our understandings and experiences of ageing and older age. This will involve reflecting on your own views, values and beliefs.
|Unit name||Social Constructs of Ageing|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
|Discipline||Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre|
|Coordinator||Doctor Pauline Marsh|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explore and describe the socio-cultural patterns and dimensions of ageing
- Examine the relevance of culture to experiences of and attitudes to ageing including Indigenous communities
- Critically explore the use of language as applied to ageing and ageing-related health conditions and interventions
- Examine and reflect on your own beliefs and values with respect to ageing and ageism
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Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.
|Assessment||Quiz (30%)|Written assignment (40%)|Discussion posts (10%)|Short essay questions (20%)|
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