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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Gerontology? - Definition & History
Course SummarySociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology has been evaluated and recommended by NCCRS for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. Complete these lessons and quizzes whenever you have free time, and when you're finished with the course, you could be able to apply for transfer credit.
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The course objective is to instruct you about the field of study concerned with aging. In this course, you will examine biological and functional changes that occur throughout middle and late adulthood.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
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- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Assess how different perspectives influence society's definition of aging
- Evaluate global population trends among older adults, taking into consideration gender, racial, ethnic, and location differences
- Identify different issues related to gerontological research, including different research tools, measurements, and methodologies, as well as different risks and special considerations for research with elderly populations
- Summarize the impact of biological aging on health, wellness, and susceptibility to different chronic diseases
- Compare different models of personality among aging adults, including Havinghurt's model, the five-factor model, and the Neo-Freudian perspective
- Analyze how memory, cognition, intelligence, and creativity change with age
- Explain the risks of mental illness and substance abuse for older adults
- Describe and evaluate different ways in which aging affects the senses
- Identify common social and career changes that occur in later adulthood, and summarize how these changes affect older adults and steps they can take to maintain fulfillment later in life
- Break down the five stages of death and bereavement
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Sociology 103 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
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|Introduction to Gerontology||Take a look at the definition of age from different perspectives. Survey theories and models of aging. Develop an awareness of the ageism and stereotypes facing older adults.|
|Political & Ethical Issues in Studying Gerontology||Examine influences on adult development and the aging process. Evaluate developmental controversies surrounding the study of aging.|
|Research Methods & the Study of Gerontology||Peruse types of psychological research tools, measurements, methodologies and experiment designs. Identify characteristics of high quality research.|
|Conducting Ethical Research When Studying Gerontology||Recognize the risks and special considerations associated with using elderly research subjects. Understand the importance of confidentiality and informed consent.|
|The Demography of Aging||Explore global population trends among older adults. Identify the relationship between age and social status. Examine gender, racial, ethnic and location differences among older populations. Study the effects of an aging population on society.|
|The Health of Older Adults||Define health and wellness before exploring the concept of biological aging. List common diseases and causes of morbidity among older adults. Discover factors affecting longevity, and study the use of medications and institutional care to manage illness.|
|Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population||Identify common chronic diseases associated with adulthood. Survey treatment options alongside the effect of socioeconomic status, family history, diet, substance use, stress and sleep on these conditions.|
|The Brain & Nervous System in Older Adults||Compare different models of brain aging. Pinpoint changes to the nervous system that affect cognition and emotional processing. Assess whether bilateral activation helps older adults adapt to these changes.|
|The Aging Muscle, Skeletal, and Integumentary Systems||Get an overview of how the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems change with age. Gauge the impact of these changes on mobility, appearance and self-concept.|
|The Aging Sensory System||Identify changes affecting older adults' sense of taste and smell as well as their vision and hearing. Learn how sensorimotor changes slow down reaction times to stimuli.|
|The Aging Circulatory and Respiratory Systems||Study the circulatory and respiratory systems to find out how the heart, lungs, blood vessels and arteries are affected by age. Investigate common heart conditions and respiratory diseases among adults.|
|The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems||Consider the anatomy of male and female reproductive systems and the endocrine system. Explain climacteric changes occurring in adulthood.|
|Attention and Memory of the Aging Population||Discern between various memory types. Learn how memory, especially long-term memory, changes with age. Recognize factors influencing their processing and retrieval.|
|The Cognitive Development of Older Adults||Follow Piaget's stages of cognitive development. Study language acquisition and information-processing steps.|
|Intelligence, Creativity & Wisdom in Older Adults||Survey types of intelligence and mental abilities. Explore aging's effect on creativity, intelligence and divergent thinking. Evaluate methods for researching and testing intelligence.|
|Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders in Older Adults||Identify social factors and lifespan development disorders affecting older adults' mental health. Compare psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral and sociocultural approaches to psychotherapy.|
|Measures of Well-Being in Aging Populations||Assess the disengagement and activity theories used to describe older adults' adjustment to changing social roles. Recognize dimensions of successful aging and predictors of well-being.|
|Clinical Assessment in Psychology||Explore the limitations of behavioral, cognitive, psychophysiological and neuropsychological assessments used to test for mental illness. Examine some of their benefits.|
|Anxiety Disorders Related to Aging||Survey causes of generalized anxiety and panic disorders, agoraphobia, social phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn about acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorders.|
|Substance Use Disorders & Aging Populations||Examine causes of substance-related disorders. Identify characteristics of dependence on depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens and cannabis. Consider the effectiveness of various treatment options, including cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapies.|
|Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology||Research treatment options for cognitive disorders affecting older populations, such as delirium, Alzheimer's disease and amnesia. Study mental health problems caused by stress, depression, poor nutrition, drug interaction and substance abuse.|
|Personality & Older Adulthood||Investigate the five-factor model of dispositional traits and Neugarten's personality styles. Compare Havighurst's developmental task model with the developmental theories of Freud, Levinson, Erikson and Jung.|
|Mood and Stress Disorders||Survey types of depressive disorders, and learn how sensory changes can lead to paranoia among older adults. Examine causes and triggers of suicidal thoughts. Discover methods for adapting to stress along with the uses of positive psychology.|
|Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults||Assess the effectiveness of such treatment options as individual and group therapy, psychiatric drugs and biological therapy. Take a closer look at techniques used to treat older populations, such as sensory training, remotivation, life review therapy and pet therapy.|
|Aging in Society: Social Implications for Older Adults||Investigate the life course perspective and the social exchange theory. Learn how person-environment congruence and support systems affect older adults' well-being. Study the pros and cons of residential segregation.|
|Interpersonal Relationships of Older Adults||Discover the characteristics of friendship as well as marriage, singlehood, cohabitation and divorce in late adulthood. Study parenthood and grandparenting styles, and recognize the extended family's role in late adulthood.|
|The Economics of Aging||Account for changes to the incomes and financial needs of older adults. Examine expenditure patterns, the impact of inflation and the private sector's growing interest in this age demographic.|
|Work in Late Adulthood||Chart career stages and the steps in occupational development. Recognize causes of job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Identify differences in job prospects and occupational choices among women, minorities and the elderly.|
|Work, Leisure & Community Involvement in Retirement||Learn how participation in educational, volunteer, leisure and religious activities relates to achievement in late adulthood. Examine the challenges associated with retirement.|
|Politics and Policy for Older Adults||Discover advocacy groups for older adults, and assess the impact of legislation like the Older Americans Act. Learn about some of the social insurance, healthcare, housing and public assistance programs serving the elderly.|
|Dying and Bereavement in Older Adults||Examine the five stages of dying alongside common bereavement patterns. Explore caregiver roles, the modern hospice movement and the debate over euthanasia. Survey major end-of-life issues.|
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