GERO 6475 Communication and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as COMM 6475.) This course provides a broad overview of the ways in which communication affects, and is affected by, the aging process and introduces students to theory aand research in the area of communication and aging.

GERO 7110 Aging Policy and Services
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 7110.) Overview of aging policy, services and programs with an emphasis on legislation, funding, planning, the aging network, and the long-term care system.

GERO 7200 Health and the Older Adult
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an introduction to physiological aging and the health status of older people and is designed for non-health professionals who work with older adults. Normal aging processes, age-related changes, and associated health promotion activities will be discussed. Information on the assessment and implications of alterations in functional health states, drug use, and referral sources are included.

GERO 7260 Aging Practice, Policy, and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SW 7260.) This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and entry-level skills appropriate for social work practice with older people and their families. Special attention is given to the biological, sociological, psychological, political and economic factors affecting older adults and methodology meeting these needs.

GERO 8000 Seminar in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the field of aging and the profession of gerontology for beginning master’s students. Focuses on socialization to the student role, identification with the field, integration into the department, and preparation for employment.

GERO 8100 Research Methods in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to the process of scientific research with particular emphasis on the common research methods and statistics used in gerontology, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students will develop a proposal for a feasible research project.

GERO 8102 Life Course Sociology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8102.) Development of the key concepts of life course theories, with application to issues such as: child development and socialization, adolescence, marriage and parenting, work and occupational careers, retirement, illness and institutionalization, and death and bereavement.

GERO 8110 Evaluation Research in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles and techniques for applied research in gerontology, including program evaluation, interventions with older people, and measurement of outcomes.

GERO 8115 Qualitative Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course offers an introduction to qualitative methods in gerontology. Topics include: research design, data collection, ethical issues, and data analysis. Students will apply their knowledge by collecting and analyzing qualitative data.

GERO 8116 Sociology of Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8116 and WGSS 8116.) The study of aging as a social process affecting individuals, societies, and social institutions. Topics include age stereotypes, social roles, socioeconomic status, minority elders, older women, work and retirement, family and community relationships, politics, housing, and health care.

GERO 8119 Global Aging and Social Policies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8119.) This course examines issues of aging and social policies in global perspectives. Topics include global and comparative studies of demographic changes, aging and social inequality, retirement and social security, intergenerational exchange, and health care and elder care.

GERO 8122 Death, Dying, and Loss
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8122). Death and dying; loss; and the cultural process of grief, mourning, and bereavement.

GERO 8124 Diversity and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 6042 and SOCI 8124.) This course examines aging through the lens of diversity and considers the socio-cultural factors that create variations, including disparities, across the life course and into later life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the influences of race and ethnicity as well as other key intersecting social relations and how they shape older adults lives, especially among minority elders.

GERO 8130 Ties that Bind: Family, Intimacy, and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as SOCI 8130.) This course examines older adults’ family lives and intimate relationships in social, historical and demographic context. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and methodological understanding in the type, nature, content and meaning of relationships, empirical research, and on identifying influential factors, including, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and health status. 3.000 Credit hours, Target student Group: GERO Certificate students, Gero MA Students, Soci MA and PHD students.

GERO 8200 Aging Program Administration
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the administration of community-based organizations serving the elderly/aging population. The course involves analysis of management problems and operational issues across a wide variety of organization types and forms. Attention is given to effective strategies in managing such organizations.

GERO 8320 Psychology of Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Psychological contributions to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of normal and abnormal changes of later life.

GERO 8330 Mental Health and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to examine conceptual frameworks and research findings related to mental health and illness in the elderly. Topics to be covered include common psychological problems of older adults and assessment and treatment principles recommended for working with older adults with mental health problems.

GERO 8340 Dementia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides a selective overview of many of the dementias, including dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy Body dementia.

GERO 8700 Special Topics in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Critical analysis of a selected topic in gerontology, such as widowhood, long-term care, older women, or elder abuse. May be taken more than once if topics are different.

GERO 8800 Directed Readings in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Individual reading in a selected area of gerontology, directed by a faculty member. A student may take no more than 3 credit hours of GERO 8800.

GERO 8850 Capstone Seminar in Gerontology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite GERO 8910 with a grade of S. The purpose of the seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to explore research modalities pertinent to gerontology and to develop their capstone project design. Students will be encouraged to begin using their knowledge and critical thinking skills to explore and develop their capstone projects. 3.00 Credit hours. Target Group: GERO MA students.

GERO 8910 Gerontology Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites GPA of 3.0 in the gerontology program of study
Description

Requires 150 internship hours working in an aging organization or agency and integrative seminars. Provides a field education experience aimed at practical application of knowledge, values, and skills learned in the classroom.

GERO 8990 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0 - 15.0
Description

Research apprenticeship under faculty direction.

GERO 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 9.0
Description