Singapore University of Social Sciences

Ageing in Multicultural Contexts

Ageing in Multicultural Contexts (GER507)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Ageing in Multicultural contexts aims to stimulate the students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of social and cultural diversity among ageing populations from a socio-cultural perspective. A broad perspective is encouraged so that the students can compare Singapore with other countries such as Japan, USA and UK. As societies mature, the customised approach would bear greater gains not only for the older population, but also policy makers and service providers in terms of savings and economical usage of resources. Focus is placed on the interconnection between families and the employed caregivers who may be from other countries and cultures. The practical component of the course consists of role play, class presentations and small group projects.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction to cross-cultural gerontology
  • Age stereotypes and ageism across Cultures
  • Sociological perspective on ageing, media portrayal of elders across cultures
  • Psychosocial theories of ageing and interventions across cultures
  • Conceptualising and measuring cultural differences
  • Examining culture in policies
  • Concepts in ethnogerontology
  • Models of cultural competence
  • Methods in cross-cultural gerontology
  • Examining service delivery through the cultural lens
  • The ageing experience in multicultural contexts

Learning Outcome

  • Apply and adapt gerontology concepts and psychosocial theories to analyse ageing-related issues and policies for specific ethnic groups in Singapore
  • discuss how sociocultural factors impact ageing
  • formulate psycho-social interventions to improve quality of life among elders.
  • assess different theoretical tools to understand cultural differences
  • evaluate cross-cultural gerontology issues using psychosocial theories
  • design culturally congruent intervention programmes and policies
  • Analyse media portrayals of ageism
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