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.


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of GER501 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 %
Exploration of a contemporary topic
Report on practice implications of this topic

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.