Intro to Gerontology (SOC-290)
This class will give an overview of the various facets of the aging process including a look at the physical changes, the psychological changes and many other aspects of the later years in the continuum of life. Coverage will include stereotypes, social and cultural views, health and safety, gender differences, benefits of maturity, family issues, living environments and special problems of older adults. Class members will enter the world of aging in practical experiences, via videos and the textbook, and by guest speakers. A community-based project will allow students to participate interactively with seniors in several local facilities during the semester. The class will also explore the many challenges faced by both older adults and their families in the ending stages of life. Gerontology is a relatively new and growing field and we will take a look at the career options available in the aging field.
Faculty: Nancy L Judd
Start/End Date: Jan. 22, 2013 - May 10, 2013