Topic: Social Gerontology

TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 106
Ellen Idler. 41703 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: A seminar or lecture series on topics of special sociological concern.

Semester Details:

This is a lecture discussion course designed to introduce the student to the field of social gerontology.  The goal is to foster an understanding of aging and old age as characteristics of both individuals and societies.  The reading material and lectures will present a broad overview of the social psychological, social structural, and cultural factors that shape the individual's experience of old age, as well as the consequences that an aging population has for social institutions. The course will have an optional service learning component.  Students can elect to do an additional 20-25 hours of volunteer work to complement the required course work.  Numerous opportunities for volunteering with elderly persons in both health care and community settings are available.  Students electing service learning will find the volunteer experience to be an integral part of their classroom experience and written work.  Alternatively, students may complete an empirical research project including reading research literature, formulating hypotheses, collecting data, analyzing and presenting the findings, and writing a research paper.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Moody, Harry R. 2009. Aging: Concepts and Controversies.
    ISBN: 9781412969666.
  2. Myerhoff, Barbara. 1980. Number Our Days.
    ISBN: 9780671254308.
  3. Kellehear, Allan. 2007. A Social History of Dying.
    ISBN: 9780521694292.

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