GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research (8)

The aim of this subject is to provide an introduction to selected concepts and theories from biology, sociology and psychology which have been applied to the study of ageing. The relevance to practice of a sound grounding in theoretical knowledge in gerontology and the multi-disciplinary nature of that knowledge are discussed. The subject provides an overview of research in gerontology and provides experiential learning in formulating a research proposal.

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Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of biological theories of ageing
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of psychological theories of ageing
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of sociological theories of ageing
  • be able to evaluate the contribution of different disciplines to an understanding of the ageing experience
  • be able to describe the research process and basic research principles
  • be able to outline several different approaches to research
  • be able to formulate a research proposal.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Orientation to the Subject (including Assignment Writing)
  • Biological Aspects of Ageing
  • Psychological Aspects of Ageing
  • Sociological Aspects of Ageing
  • Research Methods in Gerontology


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.