GTY 2 Aging in Diverse Contexts.

A significant paradigm shift has occurred within gerontology. The accumulation of research findings suggests that age alone predicts very little about the human experience. Instead, the impact of age and aging is mediated by a range of social and cultural factors. Social characteristics such as gender, race, and ethnicity, and societal factors such as economic development and cultural traditions combine to produce a diverse range of experience and patterns of aging. This thematic sequence begins with an overview of the social, cultural, and personal experiences of aging. The second course provides students with grounding in sociocultural analyses of the contexts of aging, and the third, an in-depth exploration of the sources of variation in the aging experience. Students completing this sequence will understand the ways in which meanings and experiences of aging are shaped by social and physical location, and the ways in which diversity among the older population is produced.

1. GTY 154 Aging in American Society (3) (MPF)*; and

2. GTY 260 Global Aging (3) (MPF)*, or
SOC/GTY 318 Sociology of Aging (3); and

3. ATH/GTY 476 Environment and Aging (3), or
FSW/GTY 466 Later Life Families, or
GTY/SOC/WGS 463 Gender and Aging (3), or
GTY 472 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3), or

Note: Not open to majors in Sociology or Gerontology. Family Studies and Social Work majors must select a minimum of nine hours outside their department of major.

*Only one foundation course in any Thematic Sequence may count toward foundation requirements.

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