Bulletin--Gerontology Discipline

GERONTOLOGY

College of Health and Human Services
(See Gerontology in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)

Undergraduate Courses

500 Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (3) [GE]

An introduction to current concepts and issues in gerontology; a substantive overview of processes, problems, and challenges of aging as related to other disciplines, integrating and emphasizing current research findings. Students explore their feelings about aging through simulation techniques.

638 Gerontology Seminar (2)

Prerequisites: enrollment in gerontology program. Corequisite: GRN 639. Provides academic setting for group process in support of gerontology internship. Topics include qualitative methods; field work techniques; ethics and problem-solving. Course integrates multiple field experiences. Paired with GRN 838. Students who have completed GRN 638 may not take GRN 838 later for credit.

639 Gerontology Field Work (1-3)

Prerequisites: nine units of Gerontology or related courses and consent of adviser. Corequisite: GRN 638. Supervised field experience to be done in a setting appropriate to the student's focus or theme in Gerontology.

699 Special Study (1-3)

Pursuit of a topic of special gerontological interest while under the supervision of a faculty adviser/instructor. Student's performance is evaluated by written criteria that is agreed upon by the instructor and student.

Graduate Courses

705 Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis (3)

Prerequisites: consent of instructor. A synthesis of knowledge from scientific disciplines into a focus of gerontology. Topics include interpersonal and structural dimensions of aging; scope, concepts, and approaches in the field.

710 Aging Processes and Theory (3)

Prerequisites: consent of instructor. Current bio-physiological and psycho-social processes of aging. Explanatory and predictive powers of gerontological theory are explored, including studies empirically testing gerontological theories.

715 Aging and Social Intervention (3)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Course is divided into two segments. First, an exploration of the variety of public and private agencies and business designed to serve an aging population; second a hands-on experience in program development and research grant writing.

760 Research Methods in Gerontology (3)

Prerequisite: introductory statistics; GRN 705 and 710 or consent of instructor. Examination of research designs and methods, data gathering techniques, measurement, data analysis for gerontology. Applications of research methods to studies in aging, including longitudinal designs, program evaluations, needs assessments.

775 Issues in Gerontology (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Focus is on current issues in the discipline of gerontology and aging phenomena. Topic areas include research, social policy, and intervention. May be repeated for a total of six units when topics vary.

838 Gerontology Seminar (2)

Prerequisite: enrollment in gerontology program. Corequisite: GRN 839. Topics include qualitative methods; field work techniques; ethics and problem-solving. Students apply gerontological theory to field experiences. Students who have completed GRN 638 may not take GRN 838 for credit.

839 Gerontology Internship (1-3)

Prerequisite: enrollment in gerontology program. Field internship in cooperation with a private/public profit or non-profit organization enabling students to acquire competencies and experiences required for professional responsibilities. Written critique of experience required. May be repeated for credit, not for degree credit.

895 Field Study (3)

Prerequisite: consent of gerontology adviser(s). Field study or applied research resulting in completed written work that as a minimum includes project's significance, objectives, methodology, conclusions/recommendations. Alternative culminating study for the Master of Arts in Gerontology, under faculty supervision. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.

897 Gerontology Research (1)

Prerequisites: classified graduate standing and consent of graduate adviser. Independent/original research in gerontology under faculty supervision. Continuous enrollment required for all students yet to complete the master's thesis or research project. May be repeated, but cannot be used more than once for credit. CR/NC grading only.

898 Master's Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy for the Master of Arts and approval of graduate major adviser. An intensive, systematic study of a significant topic or problem in gerontology. The final written work must evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, and relevant conclusions. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.

899 Special Study (1-3)

Pursuit of a topic of special gerontological interest while under the supervision of a faculty adviser/instructor. May be repeated for a total of six units for credit.


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