Courses of Instruction
GERONTOLOGY (GTY-Arts and Science; Department of Sociology and Gerontology)
MPF, MPT 154 Aging in American Society (3)
Overview of the processes of aging.
Emphasis placed on ‘typical' aspects of aging from three perspectives:
the aging individual, social context of aging, and societal responses to an aging
MPT 260 Global Aging (3)
Course integrates bio-demographic and
socio-cultural approaches to the study of global aging by drawing on cross-cultural
quantitative data and qualitative ethnographic records. Prerequisite: GTY 154.
MPT 318 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)
Sociology provides a unique
perspective on and significant contributions to the field of gerontology. This
course uses sociological theories, perspectives, and conceptual frameworks to
analyze aging-related social issues. Examines the social forces that shape the
diverse experiences of aging for individuals. Greatest emphasis is placed on structural
issues such as age stratification, the life course, and societal aging as a force
in social change. Prerequisite: GTY 154. Cross-listed with SOC 318.
335 Disability and Aging (3)
This course examines the experiences of disability
and aging from a life course perspective, with an emphasis on the social construction
of both disability and aging and their interaction. Identifies and examines issues
of disability definition and measurement; individual and societal responses to
disability and aging; and the outcomes of these responses for individuals, families,
communities and society. Prerequisite(s): GTY 154.
356 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health and Aging (3)
Employing the biopsychosocial
approach, this course provides an overview of biological theories and demography
of aging; provides practical information about the aging of biological systems;
explores functional health, health promotion, and quality of life; and discusses
optimal aging. Prerequisite: GTY 154.
357 Medical Sociology (3)
Sociological study of illness, patients, medical professionals,
and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services. Prerequisite: SOC 151, SOC 152 or GTY 154. Cross-listed with SOC 357.
365 Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology (3)
Provides practical information
about working in programs serving older people. Topics include social policy and
old age, health policy and programs, federal economic reform, grantsmanship, program
planning and coordination, and professions in the field of aging. Prerequisite:
375 Aging, Self and Society (3)
This course surveys a continuum of perspectives
on self and society as they apply to aging and age-transitions across the life
course. The course draws upon the symbolic interactionist tradition as an orienting
perspective, and on lifespan developmental psychology to examine cognitive and
social-emotional development in later life. Prerequisite(s): GTY 154.
MPC 440G Capstone Field Experience in Gerontology (1-16; maximum 16)
field placement and a weekly seminar, students engage with others as they discuss
their field site organization and professional challenges. Credit/no-credit only.
Maximum of four hours may be counted toward the gerontology minor. Prerequisite:
GTY 154, three additional credit hours in gerontology, and permission of instructor.
460/560 Selected Topics in Gerontology (2-4; maximum 10)
Draws upon current
literature and research for in-depth consideration of selected special topics
in gerontology. Prerequisite: GTY 154.
MPT 463/563 Gender and Aging (3)
Examination of how gender constructions shape
the aging process, with particular focus on how various social, psychological,
physical, and cultural factors affect men, women, and transgendered persons differently
as they grow older. Cross-listed with SOC 463/563 and WMS 463. Prerequisite: (463)
GTY 154; (563) GTY 602 or permission of instructor.
MPT 466/566 Later Life Families (3)
Examination of family kinship patterns during
mid and later life. Topics include relations with romantic partners, adult children,
siblings, and other kin, as well as widowhood, grandparenthood, friendships, and
policy issues impacting mid and later life families. Prerequisite: (466) GTY 154;
(566) GTY 602 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with FSW 466/566.
MPT 472/572 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)
Examines aging among U.S. minority
and ethnic groups. Topics include theoretical perspectives, demographics, economics,
health, social support, public policy and service delivery systems, and the role
of culture in adaptation to aging. Prerequisite: (472) GTY 154; (572) GTY 602
or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BWS 472.
MPT 476/576 Environment and Aging (3)
Examines the changing environmental experience
of the older person from several theoretical perspectives. Topics include aging
in urban and rural places, age-integrated and age-segregated settings, housing
options and housing policy in the U.S., design and supportive technologies, and
the cultural meaning of place. Prerequisite: (476) GTY 154; (576) GTY 602 or permission
of instructor. Cross-listed with ATH 476/576.
478/578 Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Illness (4)
disparities in chronic diseases through lecture modules and secondary data analysis
of large-scale survey data. Lecture topics include biological, psychological,
and social aspects of disease; clinical and self-management of the disease; and
ethnic/racial disparities in health and health care access. Prerequisite(s): GTY 154 or SOC 151, and STA 261, SOC 262; OR GTY 602 or permission of instructor.
485/585 Long-Term Care in an Aging Society (3)
Examines the major components
of long-term care, critiques current approaches to delivering long-term care,
examines future challenges, and discusses solutions for an aging society. Prerequisite:
(485) GTY 154; (585) GTY 602 or permission of instructor.
602 Perspectives in Gerontology (3)
Overview of theories and major issues in
social gerontology including the development of the field.
603 Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life (3)
Discusses major conceptual approaches
to the psychological study of adult development in the domains of cognition, personality,
and social-emotional functioning, using the theoretical framework of life-span
developmental psychology. Explores strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of important
empirical studies and their implications for theories of normative and successful
605 Gerontology Proseminar A,B,C,D (1)
Personal, academic, and professional
development of MGS students. Exposure to faculty research and mentoring; external
educational opportunities; portfolio development; formation of a collaborative
writing group. A and C offered fall semester; B and D are offered spring semester.
608 The Logic of Inquiry (4)
Presents detailed information about, and experience
with, aspects of research design in social gerontology including conceptualization,
measurement, sampling, analysis, and reporting. Examines inductive and deductive
approaches to research questions and the use of national electronic data sets.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the MGS program or permission of the instructor.
Concurrent Course(s): GTY 602, GTY 605A, GTY 667.
609 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
Provides an introduction to the paradigmatic
assumptions of qualitative research methods and strategies of data collection,
analysis, and writing. Focuses on research questions and issues in gerontology.
611 Linking Research and Practice (3)
Application of principles of research
methods to agency-based evaluation of programs. Focuses on the uses and design
of program evaluation research, including program initiation, process evaluation,
and outcome assessment. Includes a component on grant-writing and budgeting for
evaluation activities. Prerequisites: GTY 602, GTY 608.
615 Readings in Gerontology (1-6)
Directed readings on selected topics in gerontology,
for pass/fail grade.
620 Supervised Research or Reading on Selected Topics in Gerontology (1-12;
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
641 Organizations and the Aging Enterprise (3)
Weekly seminar to prepare graduate
students for the practicum. Topics include types of aging-related organizations;
organizational theory and behavior; organizational analysis; and professionalism
(e.g., goal setting, ethical issues).
666 Aspects of Long-Term Care: Health (3)
Health and quality of care, medical
ethics, environmental health, and delivery of health services in a long-term care
facility are addressed. Prerequisite: GTY 602 or permission of instructor.
667 Policy and Politics of Aging (3)
Focuses on major policy areas including
income security, health care, long-term care, housing, and social services. Concurrent
course(s): GTY 602, GTY 608, GTY 605.
676 Program Management in Aging (3)
Analysis of administrative responsibilities
in programs and services in the field of aging. Prerequisite: GTY 602 or GTY 667
or permission of instructor.
700 Critical Inquiry In Gerontology (1 to 6)
Guided independent research required
as a culminating, integrative experience for all MGS students. Students will design
and execute a project that involves either original data collection, secondary
data analysis, or critical analysis of policies and programs in the field.
702 Knowledge Construction & Advanced Theory (3)
Examines the epistemological
and ideological underpinnings of knowledge construction and explores the reciprocal
relationship between theories and dominant research questions with particular
emphasis on theory construction in gerontology. Builds on and reexamines issues
and topics discussed in GTY 602 and GTY 608.
705 Communicating Gerontological Knowledge (3)
Explores strategies for communicating
gerontological knowledge and provides practical experience with these strategies.
Addresses the teaching of gerontology in traditional classroom settings as well
as making presentations to various audiences, and for various purposes, in applied
and policy settings.
708 Quantitative Methods and Statistics (3-4)
Explores basic designs of survey
and experimental research in aging. Discusses issues of measurement, sampling,
causality, the concept of the sampling distribution as the basis for inferential
statistics, and introductory and intermediate statistical techniques for continuous
and categorical data. Prerequisite(s): GTY 608 or permission of the instructor.
709 Advanced Qualitative Research & Methods (4)
Builds on GTY 609 by focusing
on the major genres in qualitative research, including participant observation,
organizational case studies, phenomenological and narrative interpretation, participatory
action research, and qualitative evaluation/policy research. Stresses practical
mastery of strategies and skills in particular genres, according to students' dissertation
718 Statistical Modeling in Gerontology (3)
Focuses on statistical modeling
techniques for continuous and categorical outcomes in aging research. Examines
multivariate techniques based on the generalized linear model with opportunities
for application using large scale gerontological datasets with special focus on
longitudinal data analysis. Prerequisite(s): GTY 708 or permission of instructor.
720 Individual Investigation (1-6; maximum 6)
Advanced research on selected
topics and problems in gerontology.
740 Graduate Practicum in Gerontology (1-12; 8 minimum)
Field experience for
graduate students interested in research experience or applied aspects of gerontology.
Students assigned to a program involving research activities, service provision,
or administration of programs related to the aging and aged populations. Prerequisite:
GTY 602 and permission of instructor.
745 Sociology of Aging (3)
Examines the sociological perspective, its contributions
to social gerontology, and its application to issues facing an aging society.
Reviews the role of major sociological theories and frameworks (such as structural
functionalism, exchange, and conflict theories) in the development of social gerontology.
747 Demography & Epidemiology of Aging (3)
Explores fertility, mortality,
and global aging; distribution of health and illness within a population; age-based
migration and its impact on locations of origin and destination; variations in
health and mortality by gender, race, ethnicity, and social class; impact of health
and mortality patterns for individuals, society and public policy.
750 Readings in Gerontology (1-6; 6 maximum)
Directed readings on selected topics
in gerontology for doctoral students. Credit/No Credit only.
767 Policy Analysis In An Aging Society (3)
Provides a framework for understanding
the development and implementation of public policy. Examines major policy debates,
critiques current policy efforts, and makes recommendations for how policies and
programs can be improved.
850 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-6; minimum 16, maximum 60)
successful completion of comprehensive examination
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