Master of Science in Applied Gerontology

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Curriculum

Core Modules 

AG6001 Ageing Asia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Introduction to the study of human development and ageing that is informed by both psychological and sociological perspectives; for a better understanding of the complex interactions between individual lives and social processes; focus on the ways in which contemporary Asian societies and cultures shape individuals’ experiences of growing older.

AG6002 Ageing Policy and Practice in Asian Contexts
A critical review of public policies and service programmes which affect older adults, their families, and communities; focus on critical issues such as income maintenance, health care, housing, long term care for the aged, ageing in place and active ageing; analyzing the processes in which programmes and services are developed, financed and delivered; overview of medical systems and policies on public health; approaches to health policy making.  

AG6003 Physiology and Biology of Ageing
An Introductory course on the biological processes of aging from a physiological, genetic, and evolutionary framework; survey of current theories on mechanisms of ageing and analysis of relationship of late-onset disease to the ageing process; explanatory models on mental and physical impact of ageing.

AG6004 Applied Research in Gerontology
Principles of qualitative and quantitative methods used in gerontology research and inquiry; emphasis on interdisciplinary research and its implications on services for ageing, and on techniques of evaluation of interventions and service programmes for the elderly; research protocols, consent in elderly and ethics in researching elderly populations; a course project is required which is in the form of a fully developed research project proposal or an applied research report (such as a programme evaluation report), both of which will require a short literature review. 

 

Concentration Modules

AG6101 Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalization
Examination of aspects of individual and societal ageing in selected geographic regions around the world, including demography of ageing, cultural perspectives, migratory influences on societies, variety of ways in which age and ageing are socially constructed, and the extent to which growing old is being transformed through processes associated with globalization.

AG6102 Leadership and Management in Elderly Care
Theories and practices relevant to the management and administration of programmes for the elderly including day care, community based outreach services, senior housing, short term rehabilitation programmes, sub-acute care, assisted living and hospice care; literature on leadership roles with an emphasis on leading organizational change.

AG6201 Continuum of Care: A Systems Perspective
Fundamental principles and practice standards for continuum of care; analysis of system theories in addressing the structure and function of health and aged care systems; examination of care coordination and transition between service agencies and interdisciplinary teams; current programmes and alternative modes of care for the elderly, closer collaboration and integration of social care and health care sectors, role of voluntary welfare organizations and opportunities for private sector.

AG6202 Practicum in Care Management
A field experience designed to enhance knowledge and equip students with skills related to gerontological practice in long-term care; focus on the role and responsibilities of the administrator/provider in managing resident-centered care facilities; gaining core-competencies in providing quality of life and quality of care to residents in long-term service programmes; one of the two concentration courses required for students selecting Clinical Practice and Care Management Concentration.

 

Elective Modules

AG6301 Social Networks and Families: The Dynamics of Care and Welfare of Older Adults
Analysis of support networks in the life of older adults, with an emphasis on changes and diversity in family composition, structure, and role transitions, and their impact on the sources, the quantity, the quality and the types of support to which older adults have access; other topics including status of ageing in family in various societies; intra-and inter-generational relations; linkage and relationship between formal and informal caregivers as well as issues relating to care and welfare of elders with no kin ties.

AG6302 Psychology of Older Adults
Examination of developmental processes that occur in later life, with a focus on theory, research, and practical issues; topics include memory, cognition, wisdom, creativity, decision making, depression, personality changes, stressful life events, and assessment and intervention with the elderly.

AG6303 Active Ageing and Social Engagement: Community Based Approaches
Overview of theories and practice related to developing and managing community-based programmes and services for the elderly; roles of community in engaging ageing cohorts; survey of non-governmental agencies and associations for older adults; exploration of various models of community development in relation to active ageing and social participation of older citizens.

AG6304 Technological Innovation and Design for Older Population Segments
Overview of the impact of technology and new media on the lives of the older people – their independence, social participation and quality of life; analysis of the ways information and communication technologies are transforming social and health care landscapes. 

AG6305 Ageing and the End-of-Life: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Examination of present social and cultural considerations on death, including demographic, attitudinal and ritualistic variables; death education through the life cycle; dying at home, contemporary death systems, hospice and palliative care, advance care planning and advance directives; structures and processes of grief and bereavement; impact of terminal illness on the patient and the family; dignity, spirituality and existential concerns at the end-of-life; ethical issues surrounding euthanasia and suicide.

AG6306 Business of Healthy Living and Active Ageing
Addressing trends and issues relating to ageing and well-being with a focus on the older population as next market frontier where new products and services are being developed to meet their needs; topics include hospitality and entertainment industry, tourism and leisure services, novel product designs.

AG6307 Food, Nutrition, and Ageing
Examination of nutritional status and services for older people in various life settings and the relationship between food, nutrition and development in late adulthood; emphasis on dietary and nutritional needs and food functions in the health and well-being of older adults; effects of ageing on macro and micronutrient needs; nutrition strategies for the prevention/intervention of common chronic disease present in older population; physical, cultural, social and demographic influence on food intake.

AG6308 Mental Health in Later Life
Principles and practice of mental health care for older adult population; topics including changes to the ageing brain and their impact on mental health; definition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment of major mental disorders of later life; key risk and protective factors associated with mental functioning; discussion of gaps in knowledge and research approaches to fill them.

AG6800 Special Topics on Ageing
Selected topics in ageing that are of current importance in the field of gerontology.

AG6900 Gerontology Practicum
Selected topics in ageing that are of current importance in the field of
gerontology.training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the student, faculty advisor, and worksite supervisor; gaining an understanding of the workings of a specific programme, agency, or institution; a reinforcing knowledge, theories and principles gained through courses in gerontology while engaging in direct, practical experience.

*only selected electives will be offered per trimester