GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology (8)

This subject explores a range of contemporary issues of significance to healthy ageing, for example: impacts of and planning for the ageing population; identity and ageing in place; ageing and climate change; indigenous experiences of ageing in Australia; gender aspects of ageing and aged care. An alternative contemporary topic of relevance to student may be chosen in negotiation with subject coordinator. Students will research their topic and critically analyse the representations of this issue in the public domain, including within news and current affairs commentary, entertainment media, in government policy, in gerontological literature and research and within expert and public debate. Themes underlying the examination of the chosen topic include how issues are represented in contemporary debate, rights, anti-discriminatory practice and advocacy. Assessments enable practice of skills including high level critical analysis, advocacy and formal report writing.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER501. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Define, explain and analyse the topic selected for their intensive study.
  • Examine and critique the current status of knowledge, policy and practice within the topic selected, and identify areas for development and implementation of new knowledge and policy and/or improved practice.
  • Research, interpret, analyse and contribute to community and professional debate on contemporary and changing needs of older people.
  • Identify and employ a range of skills to engage in advocacy for older people’s rights and needs.
  • Utilise a relevant formal report format to present findings on the selected topic.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Specific contemporary issues in knowledge, policy, and practice within gerontology
  • Critical analysis of public debates on issues of significance to ageing
  • Advocacy, rights and anti-discriminatory practises in ageing


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.