This course, designed for students in human services fields who work with older adults and their families, and students considering gerontology as a vocation, is an overview of the field. Topics include understanding the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging, as well as the myths about aging, health and social needs of the aging, and community resources and programs.
4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 4, 2022 to present
Meets graduation requirements for
- Will be familiar with adult development stages and theoretical frameworks of aging.
- Will know basic demographics of our aging population and understand historical aspects of age relations in America.
- Will recognize ageism in the culture and be able to identify myths and stereotypes of aging.
- Will know and understand some of the basic issues affecting the lives of aging Americans (including economics, illness/wellness, employment/retirement, living environments, care giving, women and multicultural groups, death/dying/bereavement/widowhood, and public policy).
- Will understand the functions of the federal, state, and local planning bodies and aging and be able to identify basic advocacy strategies.
- Will understand the longevity dividend and the significant contributions of older adults to our society.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.