Introduces the study of aging with special emphasis on later stages of the life cycle. Includes theories of aging, historical and comparative settings, social policy, and future trends of aging. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To increase understanding of the aging process, of the needs and contributions of the elderly, of social factors shaping the life cycle, and of future policy issues.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
Literacy in the English language.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
A. Identify and discuss the sociological perspectives on aging.MAJOR TOPICS - TO BE COVERED
B. Understand and be able to apply appropriate methods to analyze contemporary issues affecting the aged.
A. Cross-cultural and Historical Variation in the Aging ExperienceEXTRA TOPICS - MAY BE COVERED
B. Demographic factors
C. Major Theoretical Perspectives
D. Roles and Identity in Retirement and Widow(er)hood
E. Minority, Ethnic, and Geographical Differences in the Aging Experience
F. Income and Housing
G. Mental and Physical Health
H. Aging and Social Policy
A. Aging in the FutureRevised 1/02
B. Legal Issues in Aging
C. Education and Learning among the Aging