Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

FALL 2015

GERO-10100 Introduction To Aging Studies LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Pogorzala, 218 Job Hall, ext. 41051, pogorzal@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-12000 Aging by the Numbers (QL)
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 215 Job Hall, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 35
PREREQUISITE: None
STUDENTS: Open to all students; of particular interest for students looking for a foundation course in aging studies or a course satisfying the Quantitative Literacy requirement
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, and films.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grades are determined through exams, projects, homework assignments and class participation.

GERO-22000 Sociology of Aging LA (DV)
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: John Krout, 216 Job Hall, ext. 41965, krout@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 30
PREREQUISITE: One 100-level gerontology or sociology course.
STUDENTS: Students considering a major or minor in gerontology.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will examine the prominent sociological theories and research about aging and the ways in which the experience of aging is socially constructed. This course is cross-listed in Gerontology and Sociology. 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-29010 Fieldwork in Gerontology NLA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Kendall, 221 Job Hall, ext. 41965, lkendall@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITE: One 100-level course in gerontology
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-32500 The Long-term Care System LA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 215 Job Hall, ext. 43705, merickson@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: One 100-level gerontology course; two additional courses in gerontology
STUDENTS: For students with background in gerontology
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Exploration of the continuum of long-term care services available in the United States. Examination of issues of access and financing; the combination of housing and services for disabled older adults; and challenges to the provision of a range of quality long-term care options
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar discussions with field trips and guest lectures
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:  Grades are determined primarily by papers and presentations.  Exams are generally take-home essay exams.

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