HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction (8)


This subject aims to offer students a critical analysis of public policy and an examination of social construction, particularly in relation to ageing. Particular attention is paid to the complexities of decision-making, professional practice, and citizenship in the context of dominant culture and vulnerable groups within society. A common theme throughout this subject is that of the prevailing social context and how it shapes ideas, relationships, and practices together with the specific implications for older people. In addition, critical evaluation of rural and urban contexts of ageing policy and practice provides a major focus.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
OnlineAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HLT502
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

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to Master of Health Science (Gerontology), Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Master of Health Science students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate understanding of the development of public policy and its relationship to the institutions of society with a particular focus on ageing
- be able to demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of theoretical approaches to social policy
- be able to describe the relationship between policy and the social construction of people's lives
- be able to analyse the relationship between policy and the development of professional practice in services for older people
- be able to apply a range of social theories, principles, and research findings to the health and community life of older people as a social construction
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of citizenship issues
- be able to identify the influence of dominant cultural perspectives on social policy in ageing
- be able to analyse class, race, age and gender equality in the development of professional practice and services


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Social constructions of ageing - Social/political theories - Public policy in ageing: development and evaluation - Power and influence in public policy - Citizenship and ageing


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.