Courses & Units

Social Constructs of Ageing CAD118


This unit examines how ageing is a social construct. You will examine how ageing and older age are influenced by factors other than biological ageing alone, from global and local perspectives. You will examine and critique social attitudes towards ageing, the impacts of ageism and social institutions, and how language impacts on our understandings and experiences of ageing and older age. The unit also examines cultural and Indigenous beliefs of ageing and older age, gender differences and elder abuse. This Unit requires you to reflect on your own views, values and beliefs toward ageing and older age.


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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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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

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069900 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $1,323.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentQuiz (20%)|Short Essay (20%)|Video Discussion Starter (20%)|Reflective Essay on Ageing and Older Age (40%)
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