Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

SPRING 2015

GERO-10100 Introduction To Aging Studies LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Bergman, 216 Job Hall, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 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.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, and demonstrations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-19502 The Journey of Aging (SS, Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit)
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 215 Job Hall, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITE: None
STUDENTS: Open to all students; of particular interest for students looking for a foundation course in aging studies or a social science course in the Mind, Body, Spirit theme
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Aging is a universal process that affects all areas of our life.  In this class we will explore the impact of aging on the mind, body, and spirit and help create more holistic responses to the possibilities and challenges of aging.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, and small group discussions with older adults.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-23000 Memory Loss and Aging LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Pogorzala, 218 Job Hall, ext. 41051, pogorzal@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: GERO 10100.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Memory loss has become one of the most feared stereotypes of aging. This course contrasts normal age-related changes in the brain with the effects of diseases that cause cognitive impairment. Prevalence, incidence, symptoms, causes, treatment, and caregiving issues are discussed, with emphasis on the history and personal, social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of Alzheimer's disease, which affects millions of older adults in the United States.
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, 221 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.

GERO-31900 Aging and Social Policy LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 215 Job Hall, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: GERO 10100; three courses in the social sciences.
STUDENTS: Primarily for students with interests in aging and/or policy.  A requirement for Aging Studies majors and counts as a restricted elective for Aging Studies minors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Examination of contemporary public health and social policies and programs that affect the well being of older adults. The scope of these programs and policies, their historical development, and likely changes are explored.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: We will follow a seminar format based on close reading and class discussion of several books.  Course meetings will include several guest speakers involved with policy at the local level.  Students will have the opportunity to do a project on a topic of their choosing.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-37000 Counseling the Older Adult LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Bergman, 216 Job Hall, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: SOCI 10100 or GERO 10100; at least one of the following: GERO 22000, SOCI 30800, SOCI 30900, PSYC 36600, ANTH 34000, RLS 23800, HLTH 24000.
STUDENTS: Open to all students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Combines theory about and practice of basic counseling skills with information about issues faced by older adults and their families. Analyzes the lives of today's older adults within the frameworks of social institutions and race, class, and gender.
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-48000 Gerontology Senior Seminar LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Bergman, 216 Job Hall, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITE: GERO 31900; GERO 40100; senior standing.
STUDENTS: Open to Aging Studies majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This capstone experience provides a structured opportunity for aging studies majors to integrate knowledge and experience from coursework and internships as they explore a variety of theoretical and professional issues in gerontology.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Discussions, readings, films, small group discussions with older adults.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, papers, homework assignments and class participation.

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