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SOC 206
Social Gerontology and the Aging Revolution


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences] [Diversity]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Looks at the effects of the aging population of society, life/health insurance, retirement planning, and resources for the elderly, discussing the individual and group behaviors with respect to health and illness. Examination of medical professionals and their behaviors, with a look at the human behavioral responses to health, illness and the aging process. The distinction between culture and the process of death, dying and bereavement will be analyzed as it relates to the physical, mental and social changes in people as they age. Emphasis on the aging process itself. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize the impact of the social and sociocultural conditions on the process of aging and the social consequences of this process.
  • Demonstrate how the older population and the diversity of aging both affect and are affected by the social structure through classroom discussions, readings, lectures, essays, and class activities.
  • Apply critical reasoning and communication skills while exploring the aging population as it relates to health care, long-term care, specialized services, and other industries aimed at the older population.
  • Examine the institutional impacts of the aging revolution such as: aging and the economy, medicalization of old age, the elderly and their families, old age in the mass media, old age in the workplace, and politics of aging.

  • Course Topics
  • The study and field of Gerontology
  • Historical and cross-cultural issues in aging and the social consequences of physical aging
  • Managing chronic diseases and promoting well-being in old age
  • Cognitive, personality, and mental health changes with aging.
  • Love, intimacy and sexuality in old age
  • Importance of social supports: Family, friends, neighbors and communities
  • Death, dying, bereavement and widowhood
  • Social theories of aging and social policies to address social problems
  • Health and long-term care policy and programs
  • Productive aging: Paid and nonpaid roles and activities

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    SOC 206
    Fall 2013
    5712
    Curtis Phillips
    SOC 206
    Fall 2013
    9677
    Trisha Whitman-Winchester
    SOC 206
    Fall 2012
    5712
    Curtis Phillips
    SOC 206
    Fall 2011
    5712
    Curtis Phillips
    SOC 206
    Spring 2011
    9677
    Steven Dalgleish


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.