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Sociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology
35 hours (20 weeks).
April 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: assess how different perspectives influence society’s definition of aging; evaluate global population trends among older adults, taking into consideration gender, racial, ethnic, and location differences; identify different issues related to gerontological research, including different research tools, measurements, and methodologies, as well as different risks and special considerations for research with elderly populations; summarize the impact of biological aging on health, wellness, and susceptibility to different chronic diseases; compare different models of personality among aging adults, including Havinghurt’s model, the five-factor model, and the Neo-Freudian perspective; analyze how memory, cognition, intelligence, and creativity change with age; explain the risks of mental illness and substance abuse for older adults; describe and evaluate different ways in which aging affects the senses; identify common social and career changes that occur in later adulthood, and summarize how these changes affect older adults and steps they can take to maintain fulfillment later in life; break down the five stages of death and bereavement.
The course is self-paced and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: Basics of Gerontology; Research Design for Gerontology; Demographics of Aging; Physical Health in Older Adults; Muscular, Skeletal and Integumentary Systems in Older Adults; Circulatory and Respiratory Systems in Older Adults; Cognition, Attention and Memory in Older Adults; Intelligence and Creativity in Aging Populations; Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders; Cognitive Disorders in Aging Populations; Personality in Older Adulthood; Mental Health Treatment for Older Adults; Social Implications for Older Adults; Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations; Finance and Aging; Employment in Late Adulthood; Leisure and Community Involvement in Retirement; Political Issues for Aging Populations; Death and Bereavement in Aging Populations; Nervous and Sensory Systems in Older Adults.
In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Human Services, Social Sciences, or as an elective in Diversity/Inclusion (4/17).