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.