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Social Constructs of Ageing CAD118


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
Unit code CAD118
Credit points 12.5
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


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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentDiscussion posts (10%)|Short essay questions (20%)|Quiz (30%)|Written assignment (40%)
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