Lifespan Development: Critical Questions for Aging and the Lifespan

Earn a Certificate of Completion.

The course is designed to address real world questions about aging and the natural progression of life, taking answers from diverse subjects in the field of gerontology and providing applied contexts. Theoretical models will be utilized to explore lifespan opportunities and encourage debate, challenging preconceptions about aging societies. The course will have a central theme of application and employability, demonstrating the application of knowledge and the pathways to employment after education.

May 9 – June 12, 2022
August 1 – August 14, 2022

Students must be at least 14 years old or older and enrolled in a high school or secondary program. International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency.

$1990 USD
$35 application fee


Featured Topics

  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Demography
  • Biology
  • Social Policy
  • Nutrition


  • Dementia
  • Caregiving
  • Pension & Financial Planning
  • Physiological Change Retirement
  • Ageism
  • Loneliness & Social Isolation
  • Aging Society & End of Life Care

Learning Outcomes
Following the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Relate the core biological, psychological and sociological approaches within gerontology to applied lifespan contexts
  • Develop critical and analytical skills, evidencing the ability to distinguish between research and opinion
  • Identify application of gerontology within new and emerging career areas, demonstrating the understanding of aging as a central tenet across sectors
  • Cultivate an appreciation of research, the fundamentals of conducting research and the importance of evidence based policy

The course is structured around 5 critical questions, addressing the current applied areas of research within Gerontology. Each of the topics comprises specialized areas where students will be exposed to lecture style content, industry interviews, expert panels and audio-visual resources to create multi-modality learning. Recorded content will be presented alongside live discussion based delivery to allow students the opportunity to share and explore their own learning. Continuous and varied, summative and formative assessment will enable students to gauge their own development and knowledge acquisition whilst compiling a portfolio to both demonstrate this and also provide a resource for future reference.


Paul Nash
Paul Nash, PhD Instructional Associate Professor of Gerontology
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

In this course, you’ll be taking class with USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty member, Paul Nash, PhD. Nash gained his doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Glamorgan whilst working as a researcher at Swansea University in the Centre for Innovative Aging. He has coordinated national research projects in Wales (UK), working across sectors with private organizations, the public sector and older people to create publications and reports to influence government policy.

Nash has held several leadership positions in the UK including being the Honorary Secretary for the British Society of Gerontology (2016/17) and Chair of Trustees for Age Cymru Swansea Bay (2013-2017). He continues to work closely with colleagues and organizations in the UK to continue the ‘older person-centered approach that directs both his teaching and research philosophies.

Informing his teaching practice is the commitment to research, epitomized by his work on ageism with the World Health Organization (WHO). Nash is actively pursuing research on interventions to address both implicit and explicit ageist prejudice as well as continually developing challenging curriculum to reflect the dynamic nature of the field.