Individual and Societal Ageing (HSBH3016)


This unit offers students an insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with population ageing and what is required to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of older people and those who will interact with them. It addresses the social and individual dimensions of ageing, health and well-being and the transitions that occur in later life. There will be an emphasis on the policy and practice implications of an ageing society and the role of various public and private providers (government, health care practitioners, family, voluntary) in providing services and care to older people. Students will be expected to develop a critical understanding of the issues related to ageing and the life course and gain an understanding of initiatives and policy debates relating to population ageing and quality of life of older people, their families and carers.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2x1-hr lecture, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


2000wd essay (30%), group tutorial and online activities (30%) and 1hr exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

BACH1161 or HSBH1003 or HSBH1008

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.