I.Training objectives

This major mainly trains students in the political integrity and overall competence required to help build “Chinese socialism for the new era”. Its graduates should also be practice-oriented and committed to the ethics and service of their profession, and have a solid grasp of the requirements for assessing the needs of older adults, psychological counseling, rehabilitation and nursing, organisation and planning of activities, project operations and evaluation, and the operations and management of elder-care institutions. Graduates will be able to work in private and government-run elder-care and service institutions, the system of the China National Committee on Aging, geriatric hospitals and foundations, and related organisations, or work in the design and marketing of products for older adults.

 II. Requirements

  1. Duration of studies: The major requires 2 years, with 8 of part-time studies permitted, and studies lasting at least 2.5 years.
  2. Type of education: open
  3. Total credit hours and credits: 1,404 hours and 78 credits
  4. Training requirements

Overall quality

The major aims to train students who firmly believe in and support the leadership of the Communist Party of China and China's socialist system, practice socialist core values under the guidance of Xi Jinping “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, and are deeply patriotic. They must be law-abiding, honest, trustworthy, respectful, responsible and socially aware, as well as optimistic, practice-oriented, and able to manage themselves and their careers while also having a strong team spirit. Students should be sound in mind, body and personality, and competent in one or two sports and one or two artistic skills or hobbies.


Graduates of the major are expected to have mastered relevant ideological and political theory, as well as the basics of science and culture, including traditional Chinese culture. They should be familiar with the values of the profession and the policies and regulations related to it, understand the physiological, psychological and social characteristics of older adults, be able to survey and evaluate them, have skills related to individual, group and community cases, and be able to plan and manage service projects.

Skills development

The major aims to enable students to engage in lifelong learning, analyse problems, and find solutions; learn to communicate and cooperate; become self-aware and manage their emotions; gain basic writing and computer skills, as well as professional skills such as case work and administration; conduct investigations and evaluations relevant to their service; and plan, implement and evaluate specialised service projects and activities.

III. Main courses

1. Specialised basic courses

Unified compulsory courses: Practice of Social Work for the Elderly, Introduction to Social Work,and Foundations of Social Gerontology.

Elective courses: Social-investigation Studies and Methods, and Introduction to Sociology.

2. Specialised courses

Unified compulsory courses: Case Work, Activity Planningfor Older Adults, Protecting the Rights and Interests of Older Adults, Practical Psychology for Older Adults, Community Work, and Group Work.

Elective course: Social-work Administration