Rethinking Ageing: Are we prepared to live longer?

Population ageing is occurring in nearly every country around the word. This MOOC takes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the impact of living longer and takes into account the technological advancements, the built environment, economics and ethics to rethink what it means to 'age well' now and in the future.

About The Course

Where do see yourself 25 years from now? In the year 2040...

The course explores the demographic shift that is occurring around the world as people continue to live longer and have less children. This course dives into the challenges and opportunities that are likely to occur over the next 25 years in a multidisciplinary approach that includes 15 academics from over 10 disciplines ranging from demography, to gerontology, architecture and design, health informatics, social work and economics in order to bring a broader perspective to 'rethink ageing' and help lead all of us to ideas and resolutions that are more holistic in their approach.

Another key theme throughout this course is self-reflection. Here is an opportunity to learn innovative approaches to individual and population ageing and be introspective. There will be ample opportunity to share your thoughts on the concepts covered in the discussion board forums, social media sites and in your assessments.

We hope this integrated course will lead to promoting a sustainable good life in old age - no matter where you are in the world - or where you will be in 2040!

Frequently Asked Questions

What resources will I need?

An internet connection is necessary. There are no prescribed texts for the course - materials will be linked to each module as appropriate.

Will I get a certificate after completing this course?

Verified Certificates are available through the Signature Track option. Eligible students may be able to apply for the Coursera Financial Aid program.

Do I earn University of Melbourne credits upon completion of this class?

No. The Verified Certificate is not part of a formal qualification from the University.

However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in this course to a higher education institution or potential employer. The modules that you are learning about in this course are full subjects within the Master of Ageing at The University of Melbourne.

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Do I have to log in to participate at specific times?

No, you are able to log in and participate when convenient to you. Course materials are released sequentially. You can complete activities each week when convenient. Quizzes and assignments have specific due dates and times so you will need to comply with these if you wish to pass the course. The course is scheduled for the seven week period as this means that a large number of students will be completing the course at one time which leads to richer interaction between students.

What computer equipment or browser do I need?

We recommend you have a look at the Coursera technical specifications and check your compatibility. If you have any technical issues, such as being unable to access the 'Join this course' link, then please see this site in the first instance.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

This is a course that promotes self-reflection, for you to consider not only how you as an individual may age by the year 2040, but consider how entire population structures and societies are dramatically changing. It does not take a traditional biomedical view of ageing, but rather taps into the resources across The University of Melbourne to discuss ageing now and in the future.

Recommended Background

No background knowledge or skills are required, though we recommend an interest in ageing and willingness to think about the ageing process from different perspectives.