GERO1300 Introduction to Gerontology

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 5 and 7 - History/Social, Behavioral Sciences & Human Diversity. This course explores the biological, social, psychological and economic changes that accompany the aging process. Students will explore societal factors affecting resources available to the older adults and possible roles they might fill as family members or professionals caring for the older adults. Throughout the course, we will look carefully at variations in aging and caregiving experiences by race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, and sexualities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the biological, social, psychological, economic, and political aspects of aging using multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Evaluate methods and theories used by gerontologists to study aging.
  • Analyze who/where the older adults are through an examination of demographic data, historical and current.
  • Identify the impact of the older adults within the family structure and in communities, as well as advocacy roles that family member and professionals can serve.
  • Analyze the social, interpersonal and cultural stereotypes/biases about aging and develop an attitude that values the older adults.
  • Critique the impact of public policy and the availability of community resources for the older adults.
  • Analyze the intersectionality of age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexualities, and class.
  • Apply gerontological concepts and theories by using them to solve institutional problems and/or address challenges involving aging.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other