Courses: Current and Upcoming

Current Semester Courses

FALL 2017

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: 35
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-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.

GERO-31900 Aging and Social Policy LA DV
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: John Krout, 216 Job Hall, ext. 41965, krout@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITE: Any 200 level Gerontology course.
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.

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