Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

SPRING 2014

GERO-10100 Introduction To Aging Studies LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTORS:
Section 01 & 02: Elizabeth Bergman, 420 Center for Health Sciences, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
Section 03: Christine Pogorzala, 415 Center for Health Sciences, ext. 41051, pogorzal@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: all sections 35
PREREQUISITE: None
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 older adults, are presented in survey fashion. 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-21000 Health and Aging
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Pogorzala, 415 Center for Health Sciences, ext. 41051, pogorzal@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: HLTH-11300 or GERO-10100
STUDENTS:
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examines the health status of older adults in the U.S. and the impact it has on longevity and quality of life in the later years.  Includes factors that affect the health and longevity of older Americans, health challenges in later life, prevention and health promotion, the need for culturally competent health care for older adults, and end of life choices and issues.  Explores how U.S. health policy and the health care system affect the lives of older adults.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Online
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Homework, Discussion, Reflective Journals, Short Papers, Project

GERO-29010 Fieldwork in Gerontology NLA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Kendall, 407 Center for Health Sciences, 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 the elderly. 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 the context to better understand the needs of the community-based elderly, 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.

GERO-31900 Aging and Social Policy
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 421 Center for Health Sciences, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: GERO 10100 & 3 SS courses
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Aging and Social Policy provides students with a more in-depth look at social policy issues affecting older adults.  While we focus on the policies and politics of the U.S., we also look at programs in other countries.  Students will better understand what has happened in the past, and engage in discussion about the future of policies like Social Security and Medicare.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams and quizzes, papers, homework assignments and participation.

GERO-38000 End-of-Life Issues LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Bergman, 420 Center for Health Sciences, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: GERO-10100 and one other social science course at the 200 level or above.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide a broad overview of the basic concepts and psychosocial issues related to the meaning of loss and death and the experience of grieving. Health care practices are considered along with community resources.  This course will include a combination of lectures, discussions, field trips, activities, research, and guest speakers and will cover a number of real-world topics and controversial issues relevant to students regardless of major.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, activities, field trips, and guest speakers will cover a number of real-world topics and controversial issues.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Exams, papers, projects.

GERO-48000 Senior Seminar LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 421 Center for Health Sciences, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITE: GERO-31900; GERO-40100; Senior Standing.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Gerontology Senior Seminar is the capstone course for Aging Studies majors.  Students engage in a major research project, survey the current state of the field of gerontology, and prepare documentation of their academic and experiential learning.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Major research project; ePortfolio; other papers and projects.

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