Introduction to Gerontology
3 Credit Hours

Course Description

This social gerontology course will take a broad view and examine the aging process, particularly as it relates to psychological and sociological age changes. Attitudes toward aging and the impact that the increasing number of elderly has on society will be examined. This course will identify and trace the history and development of major social policies and programs that affect older persons, especially in the area of health care. In addition, the course will focus on individuals and organizations that play a role in developing and implementing policies involving senior citizens. The course will provide a broad background to aging in American society. With the growing aging population this information is valuable to those in health care, marketing and business, and public service.

Course Delivery
FlexNet courses are taught via the internet using iNET (located in TritonPass). Students can enroll in a FlexNet course at any time throughout the semester as long as there is space available in the course, except the last three weeks of the term. Students have until the end of the term to complete the course from the time of enrollment and payment. All FlexNet courses end on the same date, the last day of the term, no matter the enrollment date. FlexNet courses do not have weekly deadlines, but it is highly recommended for students to stay on task.

Assignments and Assessments
Students will complete a short assignment for each of the 15 topics. These assignments may include article review, interviews, and internet activities. Each topic has an exam that is multiple choice and short essay.

Course Requirements
The current text book for the course which can be found at the Iowa Central bookstore at each center or the online bookstore. Students must have a working-mail account, internet access, and access to a computer and a word processing program.

Instructor: Gretchen Miller, MA