GERN 5630: Psychology of Aging
This course provides the student with an introduction and analysis of current knowledge and concerns related to psychological aging. It addresses the theoretical and empirical foundations relevant to the psychological study of the later part of the life span. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and focuses on topics related to perceptual, cognitive, personality, and interpersonal social development. Issues related to psychological adjustment and the topic of death and dying are examined.
Course Level Learning Outcomes
- This class takes a comprehensive look at the psychology of the later end of the life span. We’All cover a range of topics related to the aging process and older adults. In addition to the psychological facets of aging, we’All explore how biology, sociology, economics, and other scientific, and clinical disciplines bring a unique perspective to our understanding of aging.
- By the end of the semester you’All have a broad knowledge of the different facets of aging. You will be able to describe common changes in the body and the mind that accompany aging, and you will be familiar with how our society addresses (or, in some cases, fails to address) aging. You will learn about how the scientific method has been, and can be used to explore aging, and you will discover some of the complexities in studying this facet of life.
- Aging can be thought of as a state, a phase, a process, a social construction, a biological phenomenon, etc., and this course will reflect the many approaches that psychologists take to understand and describe later life. In the process, you may learn to appreciate the diversity of older individuals and the many different trajectories that people’s lives can take as they grow older.
It is assumed the student has adequate writing and analytical skills. Also, as for all Internet courses, the student must be disciplined and self-motivated.
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The course will be conducted entirely online. Students are expected to participate in all course activities as assigned by the instructor. Course grades may be based on 3 non-cumulative exams, weekly reflection papers, and class participation, as reflected in contribution to weekly online discussions.
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This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without prior notification or consent of the student.