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SOC 250 Growing Up and Older in America • 5 Cr.


What does it mean to be young, middle-aged, or elderly in American society? Examine coming-of-age and transitions in life from a sociological perspective. Themes may include rites of passage, age discrimination, work and retirement, sexuality and relationships, health, illness, and caregiving.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify culturally-specific aspects of coming of age and transitions in life from a sociological perspective;
  • Explain the impact of an aging population on some of our major institutions, like government and the economy;
  • Identify common portrayals and stereotypes of the aging process;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social patterns and effects of ageism and age discrimination;
  • Critically assess the ways in which the health care industry both supports and harms aging individuals and families;
  • Illustrate how race, class, and gender influence the experience of aging; and
  • Analyze contemporary social theories and policies regarding aging.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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