GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life (8)


This subject examines health and well-being in later life from a broad social health perspective. It is a foundational subject for the gerontology courses, introducing core knowledge and skills for the academic study of gerontology.  A theoretical model of critical social gerontology is introduced together with examination of the social determinants of health in ageing. To illustrate these themes, the subject examines sociological issues associated with the life-style choice and self-determination of older adults. Four topic areas of later life are examined: life-long learning (which includes an academic skills development component to underpin students' own lifelong learning and current study);  nutrition, exercise and active ageing; work, retirement and income; housing, transport and environmental issues.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER401
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Evaluate and apply a critical social gerontology perspective to analyse options and choices available to older people.
  • Develop and utilise appropriate academic skills for postgraduate study.
  • Define the social determinants of health in aging and evaluate the impact on individual older people.
  • Analyse social determinants of health in aging as constructed in policy.
  • Outline and analyse one of the four key topic areas.
  • Carry out research and analyse a specialist area of interest within the key topic areas.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to critical social gerontology
  • Social determinants of health in ageing
  • Foundational academic skills for post-graduate study
  • Lifelong learning as a social determinant of healthy ageing
  • Nutrition, exercise and active ageing
  • Work, retirement and income
  • Housing, transport and environments of ageing


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.