Aging in Asia

Course Number: ASAN 491G
Course Title: Aging in Asia
Course Description: Asia’s populations are getting older due to a decreasing birthrate and increasing lifespans. This poses challenges for future public policy, especially in East Asia where populations are shrinking. This course offers an overview of several Asian nations coming to terms with their aging demographics, shrinking tax bases and top-heavy pension systems. The course concludes by considering one outcome of globalization as a possible solution: using international labor migration/immigration to rejuvenate senescent economics.
Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of a major future issue in Asia, as societies with high barriers to entry and strong national narratives of uniqueness and homogeneity face elderly societies

  • Strengthen critical thinking, class discussion, and oral communication skills

  • Get students’ feet wet reading academic-style writing and government-level reports