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GERN 10 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING3 Units
Formerly: GERN 50
Introduction to the field of gerontology, the study of aging. It includes an examination of the history of the field and major theories in social gerontology. Explores myths and stereotypes of aging, demography of elders in the United States, patterns of work and retirement, family structures and issues, financial resources, housing options, ethnic and cultural diversity among elders, and federal policies affecting older Americans.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GERN 50.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
GERN 11 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING3 Units
Formerly: GERN 51
An introduction to normal emotional and psychological changes that typically occur in later life, including discussion of common mental health problems that elders can experience: how to recognize them, and what to do to assist the individual and the family. Ethnic and cultural differences in presentation, evaluation, and treatment of mental health problems in various culturally diverse groups will be highlighted.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GERN 51.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
GERN 15 ISSUES IN DEATH, DYING & BEREAVEMENT ACROSS CULTURES3 Units
Formerly: GERN 55
This course discusses the relationships with death, as an individual, as a health professional, and as a member of society. It explores the universal phenomena of dying, death, and bereavement with a special emphasis on academic and interpersonal skills that allow individuals to increase their understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and similarities, within, among, and between groups.
Advisory: not open to students with credit in GERN 55.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
GERN 52 HEALTH & AGING3 Units
An introduction to normal physical changes in older adults without significant disability, common diseases and disabilities that occur in old age, health promotion/disease prevention strategies, and health care policies and practices.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
GERN 54 CONTINUUM OF CARE OPTIONS3 Units
An overview of the types of care options available to serve independent and dependent elders; including senior centers, adult day care programs, assisted living and nursing homes. Regulations and management issues will be explored. Role of ombudsmen and advocacy organizations are discussed. A systematic exploration of the continuum of care.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
GERN 56 AGING & DIVERSITY3 Units
Introduction to the cross-cultural and diverse issues of aging, focusing on psychological and social aspects for diverse subgroups within the US. Students will learn to effectively communicate with aging clients of diverse ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural backgrounds. Through readings, lectures, films, discussions, case studies, and other interactive learning tools, the course will help students to develop the necessary skills to engage and work with aging clients with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Personal reflections, experiences, beliefs and behaviors will be explored.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.