Career Psychology Across the Lifespan
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Prerequisites: 1002PSY Introductory Individual and Social Psychology (or equivalent) and 1003PSY Research Methods and Statistics 1 (or equivalent).
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionCareers are pervasive individual and social phenomena: everyone has a career. Yet, the dramatic changes to the labour market over the past few decades, brought about by advances in technology, globalisation, and trade deregulation, have revolutionised the way that people work; and there are more changes ahead. This course will (a) introduce you to the theories of career development and how they are applied across the lifespan, and (b) give you beginning practitioner skills, including how to conceptualise a career pathway, diagnose existing and developing barriers, undertake a career assessment, and write a professional report on an individual client. The course is ideal for anyone who is planning a career working with people, in whatever capacity. Topics include the meaning of work, work in the 21st century, the Big 5 career theories, career assessment, and career interventionsCourse IntroductionFor many people, having a satisfying career is the most important contributing factor to personal wellbeing and happiness. Additionally, we make sense of our evolving selves largely from the perspective of the "worker role", be it a paid or non-paid worker role. Understanding people's connection to this role is essential to understanding their hopes, desires, behaviours, and feelings. Career psychology is that area of the discipline that seeks to understand the processes associated with making decisions about choosing and managing a career path. The career decision process begins in childhood when we become aware of occupations as social structures. The process is intensified when we are teenagers and young adults and need to make educational and training choices, is "fine tuned" when we are adults and seek to manage a variety of career paths, and remains salient when we disengage from formal paid employment on retirement. This course, Career Psychology across the Lifespan, will provide you with a solid background in career development theories, allow you to begin extracting general principles from these theories, and provide you with beginning skills that can be applied in real life situations.Course AimsIn this course, you will (a) examine the theories, and the empirical evidence generated from these theories, that seek to explain how people decide upon and negotiate their entry into the labour market, and how they manage their occupational lives; and (b) provide you with opportunities to apply these theories in meaningful ways. You will have the opportunity to administer, score, and interpret a series of career-related tests, and then use the results of these tests to generate a professional report on a ?client?.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1 understand theories and models used to explain and predict career development across the lifespan2 apply skills based on career development theories and models to real life situations3 understand the use and limitations of career assessment tools4 integrate the results of career assessment tools and other life data to prepare a "professional" career report on a real "client"
Weighting/Marked out of
Exam - selected and constructed responses
Assignment - Written Assignment
"Professional" report on "client"
Exam - selected and constructed responses
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.