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GERO6027 Ageing in China and South-East Asia (DL)

Module Overview

This module introduces the study of ageing at the individual and societal level in China and South-east Asia. It will introduce demographic evidence relating to population change. The module combines insights from Social Policy, Demography, Sociology and Economics. Students will be familiarised with key patterns and trends in population ageing, older people's living arrangements, challenges to health and social care of older people and support to older people by families and the state in these contexts.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Summarise major trends in demographic change, including population ageing, in the South-east Asian context and in China in particular
  • Critically discuss key aspects of older people's wellbeing (physical, psychological, financial) in the South-east Asian region and in China particularly
  • Demonstrate understanding of challenges to formal and informal support to older people in the broader South-east Asian context and the Chinese context
  • Discuss the challenges faced by policy makers to design policies on health, social care and social protection for older people


The module will include online lectures on: Population ageing in South-east Asia; Population ageing in China; (Other) demographic changes in China and South-east Asia; Living arrangements of older people in China and South-east Asia; The impact of migration on older people 'left behind' in China; Migration, development and ageing in Southeast Asia; Health and health inequalities in South-East Asia; Health and health inequalities in China; Social protection in South-east Asia; Social protection in China; The Chinese pension system: past, present and future; Informal care by and for older people in South-east Asia and in China; The financial situation of older people in China and South-east Asia.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods for this module include online audio-recorded lectures which are accessible to students via Blackboard, reading material which is provided online through Webcat and the students' key textbooks, and trigger questions as part of the recordings which allow staff to pose questions in order to teach more complex concepts in-depth. The learning activities include listening to online audio-recorded lectures, reflection on trigger questions (and communication with the module convenor) and independent study.

Independent Study174
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Other. Module resources will be available on Blackboard, such as lecture PowerPoint slides, audio recordings of lectures, key readings, coursework details, discussion boards, references and module updates. Students will be provided with guidance to use Skype for verbal/visual communication with tutors.



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 60%
Literature review  (2000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Stationery: You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Textbooks: Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings in Gerontology are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books. Students on the DL programme receive key textbooks as part of their tuition fees at the beginning of the programme via post. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module. Software Licenses: Licenses relating to software used in the programme (eg. SPSS, NVivo) are purchased by the University, and students can download them from the iSolutions website using their username and password. Hardware: Participating in the Distance Learning programme requires the student to already have access to a PC/ laptop. Students may also wish to purchase their own PC/laptop or tablet in order to access Blackboard. Headphones are sent to the Distance Learning students in receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship via post as part of their tuition fees at the beginning of their programme. Distance Learning students are also expected to have access to the internet, and to bear the cost of this themselves. Printing and Photocopying Costs: For all GERO modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line. Distance Learning students are provided hard copies of the MSc Student Handbook, Module Outlines and other key learning materials (eg. Module Outlines) via the post at the beginning of their programme, as part of their tuition fees. If students wish to print out copies of the lecture slides or electronic readings, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves. Conference expenses: Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Travel: Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated. If students incur any travel costs associated with conducting their dissertation research, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves. Students on the MSc Gerontology (DL) or MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme who are in receipt of Commonwealth scholarships are invited to attend a 4-day Residential Course in Southampton, for which the travel, accommodation and basic subsistence costs are covered as part of their Scholarship.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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