This course is to engage students to acquire appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes so as to facilitate their living and working in an aging society such as Hong Kong where by 2031, one in every four people would age 65 or above.
This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of the impacts of population ageing on the social, economical, and political aspects of a society. In the economic area, population ageing affects consumption, labour markets, retirement, and intergenerational transfers. In the social sphere, population ageing influences intergenerational relationship, living arrangements, housing demand, and long term care services. In the political arena, population ageing will have an impact on voting patterns and political representation. Students will adopt a multi-disciplinary perspective to appreciate how population aging would affect young people on personal, familial, societal and career dimensions. The challenges and opportunities arising from population ageing will be identified and analysed.