This course is an overview of the areas involved in
the study of aging. We will consider the major theoretical approaches
and current research in aging in the following areas:
At the end of this course, you should be able:
Below is list of what this course is composed of, and directions for accessing the web tools this course uses.
After reading the chapter, you will need to go to the web-based classroom in Oncourse. Here are the directions for accessing the individual course units:
Click here to see a sample unit.
Applications and Activities
Each unit has fun-filled opportunities for students to practice and use the information presented in the text and unit. These practices will help you learn the material presented. These applications are opportunities for you to interact with the instructor and each other. Specific directions for completing these required practices are provided in each unit.
After each unit you will take an online test. Tests are graded immediately and must be completed by due dates to receive full credit.
Hooyman, N. & Kiyak, H. A. (2002). Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. (6th Edition). Allyn and Bacon, Inc.
Cox, H. (Ed.). (2003). Annual Editions: Aging 04/05. Guilford, CT: Dushkin
Textbooks can be obtained from the IU Bookstore on the Bloomington Campus by calling 1-800-553-6471.
For this course, you also need a living
textbook I’d like to to acquire an E-Pal. This can be any person
over the age of 65 who is willing to exchange 4-5 emails, phone calls,
or visits with you this semester. You will be asking your E-Pal questions
about what it’s like in “The Country of the Old.” Your
E-Pal can be your grandma, or it can be someone you’ve never met
IRL, but posts comments online and is willing to write with you this semester.
Your E-Pal is like a textbook, an additional source of rich information
about what aging is.
Graduate and Undergraduate Sections
Graduate (H524) and undergraduate students (H324) will follow the same schedule and do the same assignments. Graduate students will have additional opportunities to investigate current literature and research in this field.