Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (GERO 320, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in behavioral and social sciences.) Recommended: GERO 100. An advanced multidisciplinary examination of the psychosocial forces that affect the aging process. Aspects of aging are analyzed from a number of theoretical perspectives found in psychology, sociology, and social gerontology. The goal is to articulate the impact of biological, sociocultural, and life cycle forces on psychological and social well-being in post-midlife. Topics include normative and atypical psychological and social functioning in post-midlife; the social construction of aging; and the impact of aging, ageism, and longevity on social structures such as the family, work, retirement, and health care. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERO 220, GERO 320, or PSYC 357.