GER204 Introduction to Ageing (8)

This subject is designed to show students that ageing is an individual experience. The subject introduces age related biological and social factors that influence the health and wellbeing of each individual older adult. The subject promotes examination of prevailing social attitudes about ageing and the impact these have on choices, opportunities and the wellbeing of older adults. Students will have the opportunity to examine elements of the Australian health and aged care system as they relate to the experience of ageing. Students are required to reflect on personal attitudes as they relate to working with people who are ageing.


Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: GER204. 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 discuss the social construction of ageing and the impact that this can have on choices, opportunities and wellbeing in later life;
  • be able to compare individual experiences of ageing through a biopsychosocial perspective;
  • be able to apply their knowledge of the individual experience of ageing to reflect on the Australian health and aged care systems; and
  • be able to apply their knowledge of the individual experience of ageing to reflect on their own attitudes to older people.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Biopsychosocial frameworks, including social constructions of ageing
  • Social determinants of health and ageing
  • Physical and cognitive changes associated with ageing
  • Overview of formal and informal health, aged care and support systems for older adults

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GER204 in Session 1 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 %
Reflection portfolio
Case study

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.