Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Macquarie University. Its key aim is to explore generational sociology, age as a social construction, and the conflicts that arise from these categorisations. You will explore conceptual innovation and research findings relating to the life course, in order to critically consider the role that age plays in society.

To begin with, you will understand the significance of generations and the life course at a conceptual, sociological level. Following this, you will apply critical theory to the concept, and examine the idea of stolen generations.

Ultimately, Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the sociology of the life course. You will learn how the way that society constructs these life stages is subject to change. You will also be able to contextualise the lives of individuals within a wider ideological framework.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, although it is recommended that you complete the following unit, prior to enrolling:

  • Australian and Global Societies

Areas of study

In this Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Friendships, generations and the life course
  • Feminist wave
  • Generations at work
  • Stolen generations
  • Old age: work, leisure and care
  • Adulthood and coming of age
  • Youth and moral panics
  • Childhoods old and new
  • Generations and sociology
  • Documenting the life course
  • The life course in sociology

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

In an economic landscape where emotional intelligence is increasingly being regarded as equally significant to IQ, the ability to understand people is a hugely useful skill. This unit will teach you about how a person’s age influences their decisions, based on the way that society expects them to behave. Learning these insights can be useful in a number of fields, from marketing to law. Furthermore, from an employer’s perspective, completing a unit such as Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age proves that you can think conceptually, and analyse critically – essential requirements in any graduate position.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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