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AGIN 212 - Introduction to Gerontology | GEUS

This course is designed to provide an exploration of the diverse dimensions of gerontology by studying contemporary issues relevant to the field. Students will gain an understanding of the domains of theory, research, education, practice, policy and service, all of which help to define the diverse nature of gerontology.

Credit 3 hrs May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Winter and Summer

This course introduces students to the study of aging. Older adults over the age of 55 comprise the largest and most diverse group within the U.S. This patchwork quilt of Americans represents a broad array of values, interests, and experiences that have significantly defined the nation. Through the study of aging, students begin to understand how differences among people have shaped the society we live. Concepts such as ageism are examined and how public policy has negatively and positively influenced the lives of the elderly. Sub-groups within the older population are explored as students learn how people throughout history have been disadvantaged based on race, ethnicity, gender, cultural and sexual identity and age itself. Trends are discussed that show how individual differences within this broad group help to re-define what it means to be an older adult. Students are challenged through reading and writing assignments that provide the foundation to enter into a larger discussion on the diverse and complex topics that impact aging in America. As such, this course meets the outcomes for a course in the Perspectives on a Diverse World - US Diversity  category of the General Education  program.
Previously listed as GERT 212
Equivalent Courses GERT 212

Updates Approved for General Education 10/15, effective Winter 2016; Course Rotation added 9/2014; Prefix change 1/2013; Course Description Change 10/2011, effective Winter 2012; Links 6/2011

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