Course

Working with Older People


Course code 77328

This course will enable learners to analyse the implications of social and demographic changes for the health and wellbeing of older people and kaumātua in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to critically review contemporary developments in relevant social and health care policy. Learners will be able to assess the physical, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of older people, recognise the impact of ageism and elder abuse on health and wellbeing, and evaluate issues associated with balancing autonomy and risk. The course will also consider social work practices to empower and to promote the independence, health and wellbeing of older people.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $838 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Analyse the implications of social and demographic changes for the health and wellbeing of older people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Critically review contemporary developments in social and health care policy for older people.
  • Assess the physical, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of an older person(s) and the impact of ageism and elder abuse on their health and wellbeing.
  • Propose and evaluate social work practices that empower and promote the independence, health and wellbeing of older people while balancing autonomy and managing risk

Course content includes

  • Older people in Aotearoa New Zealand – including contemporary social and demographic changes; cultural diversity and different family formations; key social and health care policy issues.
  • The nature of ageing – including psychological; biological and physical changes; transition and coping strategies.
  • Health and wellbeing issues in old age – including psychological health; managing chronic disease; living with disability; dementia; dying, death and dignity.
  • Ageism – societal attitudes, challenging prejudice and discrimination.
  • Carers, communities and older people – including balancing needs and rights; informal care; gender, sexual identity and orientation issues; social support networks; care in rural and remote areas.
  • Out of home care ¬– hospitals, respite and residential care.
  • Elder abuse – financial abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
  • Cultural diversity and spirituality.
  • Balancing rights and risks and promoting autonomy.
  • Advocacy and campaigning approaches to promoting change
  • Mental health issues – depression and dementia.
  • Community and home-based support services – independent living services, assistive technology and telecare.
  • Skills to analyse, organise and apply research findings

Assessment

This course is 100% internally assessed

Textbooks

There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

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