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The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia CAD121


The rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. The quality of life of people living with dementia is increased when there is suitable care and in societies that are inclusive and dementia is not stigmatised. These factors are influenced by a dementia literate society, with appropriate knowledge and beliefs about dementia. The unit will examine factors influencing societies knowledge and views about dementia and the role of dementia education in improving the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers. The unit involves access and participation in the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), one of the most highly rated online courses internationally, designed to increase dementia literacy globally. Through CAD121, you will hear from international leaders from the Wicking Centre and universities across Australia and internationally on dementia, and you will develop an understanding of how this knowledge can influence care. You will also examine how media representations of dementia can positively or negatively influence people’s beliefs about dementia, with an impact on stigma.


Unit name The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia
Unit code CAD121
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Professor Anna King
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how dementia affects the brain, the person, and associated care needs.
  • Analyse current understandings and representations of dementia.
  • Explain the role of dementia literacy in meeting the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.

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 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $1,389.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

AssessmentCompletion of UD MOOC|Worksheet/Short Answer Questions (10%)|Critique (20%)|Case Study (35%)|Guided Presentation (35%)
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