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Curriculum

GLAFS has a unique curriculum which combines lectures and seminars to train up leaders who can create an age friendly society.

【 Gerontology lectures: Understanding the big picture

Professors from the Institute of Gerontology and nine graduate schools (comprising 29 departments and 1 institution [IOG])

at the University of Tokyo lecture on the super-aged society from various perspectives.

■ Introduction of Sciences on Aging I and II

■ Advanced Course on Gerontology and Aging

Institutions and Policies for Aged Society

Community Planning for Aged Societies

Care Systems in Aging Society

Elder Law

Humanities and Social Sciences on Aging

Diet and Health in Old Age

Gerontechnology

【 Training and Seminar: Taking an inter-disciplinary approach 】

■ Field training: Developing practical problem-solving capability
Professionals from relevant corporate or governmental organizations are invited to serve as fieldwork seminar instructors.

F training 1:Community action training in which a team of people from diverse fields is formed to address a real-life problem in a local community(Community action)

F training 2:Training in care systems where students have close contact with a wide range of seniors and other citizens(Care System Practice)

F training 3:Internship at a corporate or governmental organization where students gain experience in projects that tackle a cutting-edge issue(Industry-academia collaboration)

■ Global communication Training: Cultivating global leadership skills
The University of Michigan, the University of Oxford, and the University of Tokyo—three top players in gerontology—collaborate to offer seminars.

1:Training program of English communication and presentation

2:Short-term study abroad (foreign students may choose internships abroad or within Japan)

3:International workshops/studios, special lectures/seminars by international instructors (optional)

■ Core Seminar for guiding multidisciplinary research on aging
These seminars offer inter-disciplinary research guidance as professors, instructors, and students from diverse disciplines meet for discussion.

CS1:Mentoring for students to broaden research perspectives and inspire to address current issues of the aged societies.

CS2:Lectures and discussion with leading experts on aging in various fields

■ Field Training 1 (Community Action)
Community-based Action Research involves fieldwork conducted on-site by multidisciplinary teams organized according to specific themes. Forming teams with members of diverse backgrounds that engage in actual problem-solving activities gives students the opportunity to directly absorb knowledge and perspectives from different areas of specialization. Interaction with people in the field fosters an understanding of the real needs of society and grows leaders with the requisite problem-solving skills and the ability to direct teams of specialists in varying disciplines.

In addition to collaborative research, the GLAFS provides opportunities for students to engage with a variety of people at different sites in the field, ranging from suburban Tokyo bedroom communities to areas affected by the tsunami of March 2011. Examples include participation in events at which some 200 elderly residents living alone typically gather in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and the holding of health checkups and community-development workshops in temporary housing complexes where people displaced by the earthquake and tsunami live in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. Such experiences are part of a curriculum that aims to cultivate leaders with practical problem-solving abilities.

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■ Field Training 2 (Care System Practice)
Care System Practice is a field training program that offers direct experience with the situations of elderly people living in local communities as well as an understanding of the various types of care they receive—medical, nursing, and eldercare. Participants not only visit eldercare centers and other facilities, but also accompany physicians, nurses, and caregivers on their rounds.
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■ Field Training 3 (Internship)
This internship program operates in cooperation with the Gerontology Network, an academic-industrial initiative founded by the University of Tokyo in 2011, with participation by some 30 companies representing such industries as automotive, electrical machinery, housing, food, and home products. Interns have the opportunity to engage in discussions with company staff.
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