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SOC 1160 Sociology of Aging

Orientation to the sociological, biological and psychological dimensions of the aging process and society's response to its older members and social concerns. Examination of social forces that impact the aging process.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: SOC 1101 


  • Apply the basic concepts and theories of social gerontology.
  • Differentiate among the social, biological, psychological, and environmental aspects of aging.
  • Analyze the phenomenon of aging from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
  • Examine the emergence of gerontology as a field of study.
  • Examine the role of cultural diversity among the aging population.
  • Analyze the demographics, longevity, life span, and life expectancy of aging.
  • Identify the significant processes involved in aging.
  • Examine social policy as it relates to the aging population; health care, finances, crime, politics and religion.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3