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Sociology of Aging (SOCI 1107)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed as a general multidisciplinary introduction to the study of aging in society. You will learn about biological, cultural, historical, political, and social factors that shape how humans age. You will examine how people age differently in different cultures and how humans have also aged differently in different time periods. You will explore the ways differences in the human life span are accounted for, societal attitudes toward aging and how these influence our response and perception of the needs of older persons on an individual, social, and institutional level.

Topical Outline:
1. Aging and socialization
2. Becoming an adult
3. Entering old age

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand key sociological concepts in the sociology of aging
2. Articulate an understanding of the social determinates of aging using the sociological perspective
3. Apply key sociological concepts in the field to the increasingly global society that we live in

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences