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SOC 202 - Human Aging


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Description
This course is an introduction to the study of the process of human aging. This course takes a holistic approach to the study of sociological, psychological, anthropological, historical, demographic, biological, and health factors in the description and explanation of the aging experience. Also covered are contemporary problems, trends, and social policy issues affecting the aged.
Learning Outcomes
Define and distinguish between gerontology and geriatrics. Discuss projected population aging trends and the public policy issues that these will impose upon society in the future. Apply the concept of old-age dependency ratio. Discuss the nature of ageism and the societal consequences of negative social perceptions of the aged and of the aging process. Define and differentiate developmental time from chronological time. Differentiate between aging effects, cohort effects, and period effects. Apply the distinction between intrinsic aging effects and reactive aging effects. Compare and contrast cross-sectional research design and longitudinal research design. Distinguish between normal biological aging and pathological aging. Differentiate among longevity, life expectancy, and life span. Define and differentiate between senescence and senility. Discuss the dynamics of population aging within the context of the study of the demographic transition process.


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