In a nutshell
Designed to prepare you for a career in aged care, this online Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) course will accelerate your learning and help you upgrade your diploma into a fully-fledged undergraduate degree.
Offered by Charles Sturt University, this articulated program will build upon your existing knowledge of community services and allied health contexts, and will equip you with a highly specialised understanding of gerontology.
The program has a strong focus on healthy ageing and welfare, and the syllabus addresses a number of key topics including ageing as a life stage, the challenges and issues of ageing (both on an individual level and its overall impact on the healthcare system and greater society), and also shines a spotlight on the importance of upholding individual rights and the dignity of older populations.
With baby boomers reaching their twilight years, it’s becoming increasingly important that Australia has qualified and well-trained professionals working across the various facets of aged care. So enquire now and get the training you need to work in this ever-expanding industry!
CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.
What you’ll need
To be eligible for this course, applicants must have completed one of the following two-year diplomas:
- Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
- Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
- Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
- Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
- Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
- Diploma of Community Services Work
- Diploma of Community Development
- Diploma of Counselling
- Diploma of Disability
- Diploma of Leisure and Health
- Diploma of Nursing
In this gerontology course, the subjects you will study include: Core units:
- Communication and human services
- Applied ethics
- Introduction to sociology
- Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
- Foundations in social policy
- Gerontology theory and research
- Ageing and professional practice
- Facilitating positive behaviours
- Grief and loss
- Leisure and social relations
- Psychology of ageing
- Case management
- Drugs, alcohol and gambling 2
- Social dimensions of disability
- Disability issues for families
- Leisure programming with diverse populations
- Foundations of leisure activity
- Community leisure and health issues
- Child welfare practice
- Mental health practice
Why Charles Sturt University?
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.
You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: