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Gerontology

Gerontology (GERON) Courses

GERON 300 Sociology of Aging

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D; CSU Area E1; IGETC Area 4
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This introductory course examines the aged and the aging process, with emphasis on social factors affecting and affected by an aging population. It includes an analysis of demography and history of aging in America; individual aging and adaptation; needs, resources, and social support systems; employment and retirement; and social class/cultural differences. Multi-generational interviews will be used to supplement a service learning project which requires face-to-face service at a community agency with approval between the instructor and agency.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • assess the field of social gerontology and population trends in the U.S. and worldwide.
  • evaluate historical and cross-cultural issues in the study of aging.
  • analyze cognitive changes including personality and mental health which occur as one ages.
  • examine the significance of love, intimacy, and sexuality in later life.

GERON 495 Independent Studies in Gerontology

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Hours:60 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to career interests.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Gerontology. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce; completing required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend orientation. Students must complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Online students must have an email account. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply industry knowledge and theoretical concepts in a field of study or career as written in the minimum 3 learning objectives created by the student and his/her employer or work site supervisor at the start of the course.
  • manage personal career plans and decision making using industry & workforce information and online resources.
  • behave professionally and ethically, exhibit adaptability, initiative, self-awareness and self-management as needed.
  • exhibit effective communication, collaboration, and leadership skills at work with consideration to workplace dynamics and social and diversity awareness.
  • demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills as they apply to the workplace.

GERON 499 Experimental Offering in Gerontology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.