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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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:
  • 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GER102 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Two gerontological perspectives
The research proposal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.