Single Subjects
(Ageing in Society)

Respond to the complex and evolving changes of an ageing population.
8 weeks part time | 100% online | Domestic and international students | No visa required


The Ageing in Society course has been designed to produce leaders in the field of ageing who will be able to develop new approaches and policies that help shift the focus to a more positive and holistic view of ageing.

The subjects aim to give students a greater understanding of the complex implications of ageing populations and workforces and access the career opportunities in this rapidly expanding sector.

Undertaking single subjects allows you the opportunity to study according to your interest and expertise and specialise in the area of your choice.

If you choose to further your study after taking single subjects, you may gain credit towards any of the Ageing in Society courses, including:

Single subject options

The subjects available for study include:

Ageing in Society 12.5

Ageing in Society

Learn about ageing from a range of perspectives, including life course, bio-medical, gender, crosscultural, consumer, historical and self-reflection. This subject will critically analyse all forms of ageism and how older people are portrayed in literature, media and government policy using case studies from Australia and other countries around the world.

Detailed Information POPH90256
Type Core
Body of Ageing 12.5

Body of Ageing

Focus on how the body and its systems are affected by ageing and explore the differences between the natural ageing process and physical changes that develop as a result of illness in older people. Understanding the common impairments and physiological changes behind them that occur as part of the ageing process provides students with a fundamental base to critically analyse and develop strategies for healthy ageing and disease prevention.

Detailed Information POPH90257
Type Core
Economics of Ageing 12.5

Economics of Ageing

Examine the influence of private and public/government decision-making on the economic wellbeing of older people. Decisions include private decisions to prepare for old age and to live through old age by saving and managing assets. The subject also covers how an ageing population exerts upward pressure on taxation levels required to finance government activities and services for the aged.

Detailed Information POPH90258
Type Core
Ethics of Ageing 12.5

Ethics of Ageing

This subject provides an overview of some of the key ethical issues associated with ageing across the lifespan, with an emphasis on the societal dimensions and implications for policy and professional practice. Students will be introduced to bioethical theory and its application to frame the exploration of a number of key issues organised within thematic units of ‘justice’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘dignity’. A final unit will explore ethical issues pertaining to the human quest for ‘immortality’.

Detailed Information POPH90260
Type Core
Ageing Health and Human Services 12.5

Ageing Health and Human Services

Explore the interface of policy and practice in the delivery of aged care services. The responses to policy shifts in aged care over time will be explored. The course will then focus on the present day impact of health care, mental health, income security, housing, and employment, educational and recreational policies on the delivery of services to older citizens collectively and as individuals. Case studies will be used to illustrate both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and delivering services.

Detailed Information POPH90267
Type Elective
Design for Ageing 12.5

Design for Ageing

Demographic ageing is creating a shift in how we think and define homes, cities and public spaces. This subject explores sustainable approaches to keeping the older segment of the population physically and socially active. Innovative changes in design can lead to significant advancements in service delivery, transportation access, and homes to minimise stress on people as they age, and to support ageing in place.

Detailed Information ABPL90377
Type Elective
End of Life Issues 12.5

End of Life Issues

Examine end of life issues in a variety of contexts, such as in private homes, hospitals, hospices and residential care facilities, and consider their implications for individuals; families and friends; clinicians and health professionals; carers; and policy makers. Examples of policy, practice and legislation from a range of countries will be used to highlight common features and diverse approaches to end of life issues.

Detailed Information POPH90259
Type Elective
Global Population Ageing 12.5

Global Population Ageing

Explore the impact of a rapidly ageing population in terms of both planning and providing for this worldwide trend. The primary focus of this subject is on the relationship between ageing and a range of social and economic determinants, including gender, poverty, race/ethnicity and housing. This subject uses examples from around the world to explore how policies aimed to support healthy ageing influence population health.

Detailed Information POPH90264
Type Elective
Leadership for an Ageing Workforce 12.5

Leadership for an Ageing Workforce

Effective leadership involves an advanced understanding of the global players, of decision-making, of organisational effectiveness and of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. Through a series of current case studies in the ageing field, which range from examples of leadership from Indigenous elders, board oversight in aged care facilities and ageing workforce issues. Students will explore the major theories and models of group dynamics, motivation, communication, negotiation and conflict as well as further develop their emotional intelligence for personal and professional development.

Detailed Information POPH90266
Type Elective
Mental Health and Ageing 12.5

Mental Health and Ageing

Explore the implications of mental health and ageing from a range of bio-medical and social perspectives. Lecture topics include understanding the distinction between mental health and mental illness, placing mental health and ageing within a lifespan framework with an emphasis on cognitive changes in later life and managing common mental health disorders in older age. Screening, assessment and psychological interventions for these common conditions are covered, including late life delusional disorders, substance use and abuse, anxiety and personality disorders, delirium and dementia, depression and pain.

Detailed Information PSYT90092
Type Elective
Shifting Paradigms in Ageing 12.5

Shifting Paradigms in Ageing

This subject is designed to produce leaders in the field of ageing who are able to develop new approaches and policies to help address the profound societal changes that are in progress. Students will be able to recognise the underlying assumptions on which many existing systems are based and learn new skills and techniques to think laterally. As Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Ageing is also very much about opportunity and this subject will enhance your ability to identify and leverage that potential.

Detailed Information POPH90273
Type Elective
Technology and Ageing 12.5

Technology and Ageing

Look at the ways in which recent technological advancements can revolutionise the experience, management and future of ageing. Innovations in how we age will be explored from multiple perspectives, including how technology can support autonomy and independent living as well as social connectedness to minimise the isolation common in later life. Lastly, this subject considers life extension ideas in the areas of longevity technologies and regenerative medicine.

Detailed Information POPH90263
Type Elective


The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15-19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed. Taking a single subject will allow you to get a taste of the Ageing program and decide which post-graduate qualification suits you best.

Entry requirements

To be considered for entry to a single subject in the Ageing in Society course, you are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent; and
  • Documented evidence of at least two years' professional work experience.

Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Professional work experience.

All applicants are required to provide a current curriculum vitae describing their work experience and tertiary and other qualifications, as a supplement to transcripts.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.

Fees and scholarships

The fee for students who enrol in a single subject in Ageing in Society is:

2017 A$3,008

Fees are the same for both domestic and international students.

Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.

The fee listed above is for a 12.5 point subject undertaken in 2017. Fees are subject to review annually by the University. However, any increase in fee will not exceed 5 per cent per annum.

Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term and are payable upfront. Should you require any assistance, please contact our Student Support team.

Next intakes

Availability for Ageing in Society single subjects varies.

Know when you want to study? Use this planner to see which subjects are offered in that time period.

View Key Dates for further important dates and deadlines.

Term Applications close Term dates
Term 4, 2017 11 September, 2017 2 Oct - 4 Dec
Term 1, 2018 8 January, 201829 Jan - 1 Apr
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They can also provide you information on:

  • Selection of subjects
  • Learning outcomes
  • Preparing your documentation
  • Using the online application system.

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