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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.
Anyone can apply, although it is recommended that you complete the following unit, prior to enrolling:
In this Generations: Childhood, Adulthood, Old Age unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
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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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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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).Find out more about government study loans here.
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