Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theory and Practice of Gerontological Social Work

Theory and Practice of Gerontological Social Work (SWK559)

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: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Theory and Practice of Gerontological Social Work introduces individual ageing and adaptation to ageing in everyday life. This is followed by an examination of ageing on an individual and societal level from a comparative policy and intervention approach. The many facets of working with and care for the elderly will be addressed. This will cover medical and psychological data about the elderly, focusing on physical problems, inner experiences and their instrumental needs. The various methods of working with the older clients will prepare the students with knowledge and skills for work in this challenging area.

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


  • Trends in ageing
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Geriatric assessment and assessment tools
  • Skills in gerontological social work
  • Issues in gerontological social work

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse demographic and ageing trends in Singapore and its impact on familial caregiving and the rest of caregiving and the delivery of eldercare services.
  • Apply Family Systems Illness Model in case management of older adults.
  • Examine the impact of caregiving on the family.
  • Discuss end-of-life impact on the elderly and family.
  • Assess ageing-related biopsychosocial impact on the individual.
  • Appraise the integration of care services for the elderly in Singapore.
  • Analyse ethical issues in the care of the elderly.
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