Singapore University of Social Sciences

Environment and Ageing

Environment and Ageing (GER526)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 01 December 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


GER526 Environment and Ageing is in response to the needs of creating an age-friendly environment for older person. The environment plays an important role in determining the ageing experience. This can be a factor to influence the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of older person. This course offers insights on different planning and design principles for the older person who may have physical and mental problems, especially in senior housing, aged care facilities and community care setting. An overview of person-environment interaction in aged care, accessible housing, barrier-free design will also be discussed. This course has a practical focus (e.g. field visit), and students will be encouraged to propose solutions to address the environmental design issues in the eldercare sector.

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


  • Ageing and the built environment
  • Ageing, environment and health
  • Age-friendly communities
  • The role of Age-friendly environments on quality of life
  • Innovative planning and design principles
  • Universal Design
  • Person-centred Design
  • Design for senior housing, care facilitates and community planning
  • Design and Solutions
  • Assessment Tools
  • Impacts of community planning and older person
  • Case Studies

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the situation of age-friendly community in Singapore
  • Examine the physical, social and cognitive characteristics of the ageing population in relation to the built environment
  • Discuss the importance of universal design for older person
  • Appraise the current senior housing, care facilitates and community planning
  • Purpose solutions by using universal design
  • Evaluate the impacts of community care setting for older person
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