Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

FALL 2016

GERO-10100 Introduction To Aging Studies LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR:
Section 01 & 02: Christine Pogorzala, 218 Job Hall, ext. 41051, pogorzal@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: Both sections 35
PREREQUISITE: None
STUDENTS: Open to all students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the broad spectrum of issues involved in the study of aging. Biological, psychological, and sociological concerns, in addition to services for the older adults, are presented in survey fashion. Field trips, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations comprise the instructional methods.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, and demonstrations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-19501 Age Matters LA SS (Identities theme)
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR:
Section 01 & 02: Elizabeth Bergman, 216 Job Hall, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: None
STUDENTS: Open to all students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is part of the Integrated Core Curriculum, in the Identities theme and Social Science perspective. This course will explore the intersections of age and identity in a variety of contexts. We will explore the role of age in shaping self-perception, the impact of age/life stage on behaviors, resources, and opportunities, and the exciting possibilities presented by aging successfully. We will examine our own beliefs and values as they relate to age and envision a society that is consistent with these beliefs and values.  
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, experiential learning.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through quizzes, in-class/homework assignments, research project and presentation, reflection papers, attendance and participation.

GERO-22000 Sociology Of Aging LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Bergman, 216 Job Hall, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITE: SOCI-10100 or GERO-10100
STUDENTS: Open to all students who have taken either the Introduction to Aging Studies or Introduction to Sociology course.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examination of the prominent sociological theories and research about aging and the ways in which the experience of aging is socially constructed. Cross-listed with SOCI-22000. Students may not receive credit for both GERO-22000 and SOCI-22000.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, small group discussions with older adults.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-25000 Lifespan Creativity LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 215 Job Hall, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: Sophomore standing
STUDENTS: Open to all students who have taken either the Introduction to Aging Studies or Introduction to Sociology course.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will examine the meanings and uses of creativity across the lifespan, from childhood through old age, utilizing a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate ways to promote creativity and implement short-term programs with an intergenerational group of elders and elementary-age children.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, small group discussions with older adults.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-29010 Fieldwork in Gerontology NLA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Kendall, by appointment (219B Job Hall), ext. 41965, lkendall@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITE: GERO-10100
STUDENTS: Open to all students who have taken the Introduction to Aging Studies course.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Fieldwork gives students firsthand experience working and socializing with Elders. Under the supervision of a trained professional within an organization in the Ithaca area, students engage in work activities, including direct service to the aged, as well as service to the host agency. An integrated series of seminars provides students with context to better understand the needs of community-based Elders, as well as the local, state, and national resources available and not available to meet those needs.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: field placement and seminar
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through successful completion of required field hours, site supervisor evaluation, project & paper, class discussion, and participation.

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