Career Psychology Across the Lifespan

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Career Psychology Across the Lifespan

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Careers 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 interventions
    Course Introduction
    For 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 Aims
    In 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 Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 understand theories and models used to explain and predict career development across the lifespan
    2 apply skills based on career development theories and models to real life situations
    3 understand the use and limitations of career assessment tools
    4 integrate the results of career assessment tools and other life data to prepare a "professional" career report on a real "client"

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Mid-semester Exam


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    "Professional" report on "client"


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final Exam


Course Disclaimer

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.