PSY216 Psychology of Ageing (8)

This subject will introduce students to issues, principles, and practices within the psychology of ageing. Biological, social, and psychological issues that are part of the normal ageing process will be addressed. Life transitions, changing family structures, social services, ageing and mental disorders, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation strategies will be highlighted.
Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychological Society accredited major in psychology.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY216. 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 Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Psychology students.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Subjects

PSY202, PSY304

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss various physical, social and psychological changes involved in normal ageing
  • be able to identify the psychological impact of various life transitions on the older adult
  • be able to identify sources of ageism that impinge on the elderly
  • be able to discuss successful ageing
  • be able to explain research approaches to questions about ageing
  • be able to a explain psychological concepts, measures and interventions used with an older adult population
  • be able to identify ageist attitudes and apply concepts of successful ageing.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- theories and research methods
- ageism
- successful ageing
- physical, sensory and psychological changes with age
- disease disability and health care
- changes in cognition and memory
- personality and psychological disorders
- family and social relations
- life transitions and dying


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.