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Previous Years' Courses

SPRING 2016

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-19501 Age Matters: Discovering the Possibilities beyond Midlife LA SS Theme: Identities
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Bergman, 216 Job Hall, ext. 43859, ebergman@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 25
PREREQUISITE: None
STUDENTS: Open to all students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores the intersections of age and identity in a variety of contexts, including the treatment of elders in modern culture. Examines the demographic and cultural forces shaping the period between retirement and disability. We examine our own beliefs and values as they relate to age and engage in service learning with elders in the community.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Lectures, discussions, readings, films, and demonstrations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Homework, Discussion, Reflective Journals, Short Papers, Project


GERO-21000 Health and Aging LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Christine Pogorzala, 218 Job Hall, ext. 41051, pogorzal@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: HLTH-11300 or GERO-10100
STUDENTS: Open to students with prerequisites
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, online quizzes/tests


GERO-29010 Fieldwork in Gerontology NLA
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Kendall, 219 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 DV
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-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, presentations and reflective essays.


GERO-48000 Gerontology Senior Seminar LA SS
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Ann Erickson, 215 Job Hall, ext. 43705, merickson@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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