Social, psychological and physical aspects of aging, including the consequences of the societal demographic shifts toward an increasingly aged society. Investigates the research on death and dying and the role of the elderly in our society. Additionally, generates an understanding of the theoretical perspectives on aging. Cross-listed as HUMS 350. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Family Ties and Aging
By Connidis, Ingrid Arnet (Sage) Recommended
Later Life: The Realities of Aging
By Cox, Harold G. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging
By Cruikshank, Margaret (Rowman Littlefield) Recommended
Constructing the Life Course
By Holstein, James A. and Jaber F. Gubrium (Rowman Littlefield) Recommended
Age Through Ethnic Lenses: Caring for the Elderly in a Multicultural Society
By Olson, Laura Katz and Donald Gefland (Rowman & Littlefield) Recommended
Aging, Society, and the Life Course
By Morgan, Leslie and Suzanne Kunkel (Springer) Recommended
Aging: Concepts and Controversies
By Moody, Harry R. (Sage) Recommended
Aging and the Life Course
By Quadagno, Jill (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Physician Assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue
By Behuniak, Susan M. & Arthur G. Svensen (Rowman Littlefield) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Perspectives on Loss and Trauma: Assaults on the Self
By Harvey, John H. (Sage) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Number Our Days
By Meyerhoff, Barbara (Touchstone Books) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
An Interview with My Grandparents: A Sociological Examination
By Schlessinger, Yaffa (McGraw Hill) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
To understand the social, psychological and physical aspects of aging.
To understand the development of the field of gerontology.
To understand the shifting roles of the aged and the manifestations of such.
To study the research on death and dying.
To understand sociological theories of aging and social policies pertaining to the aged and the needs of an increasingly aged society.
Explain the social, psychological and physical aspects of aging.
Describe the demographic shift toward an increasingly aged society and the manifestations of such a shift.
Explain the emergence of the discipline of gerontology.
Critically analyze and interrogate social policies for the aged, understanding their value as well as their limitations: Social Security, healthcare, Medicare and Medicaid.
Evaluate differing sociological perspectives on aging.
Explain the intersection of race, gender and class on aging.
Global demographic shifts: increasingly aged societies
The development of the field of gerontology
Historical and cross-cultural issues in aging
Physical aspects of aging
Social aspects of aging
Psychological aspects of aging
Death, dying and widowhood
Gender and aging
Race/ethnic minorities and aging
Social class and aging
Love, intimacy, and sexuality in old age
Social supports and informal care giving
Living arrangements and aging
Aging and social policy
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.