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Gerontology

College of Health and Human Services

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Gerontology - GERN Courses

UPPER DIVISION

400I. Perspectives on Gerontology (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the General Education Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Multidisciplinary study of middle age and aging. Includes physiological, psychological, political, economic and sociological aspects. Effects of culture and environment on aging; history and demographics; health issues.
(Lecturer-discussion, 3 hours.)

420./520. Personal Finance for the Aging (3)

Prerequisites: 400-level course in Consumer Affairs or consent of instructor.
Personal finance as applied to the aging population.
Same course as CAFF 420. Not open for credit to students with credit in CAFF 420. (Lecture-discussion 3 hrs)

424. Independent Living for Disabled and Elderly Persons (3)

Prerequisite: CAFF 321I or 322 or GERN 400I or consent of instructor.
Independent living concepts related to physically and/or functionally disabled adults. Personal, environmental and programmatic responses to disability and aging.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as CAFF 424. Not open for credit to students with credit in CAFF 424. (Lecture/Activity, 3 hours.)

430./530. Aging and Dementia (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400I, HDEV 357I or PSY 365, or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
An examination of physiological, psychological, social and economic aspects of dementia and its impact on the individual, the family and society. Community resources, current research and policy issues are included, with a particular emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease.

439. Nutrition and Aging (3)

Prerequisites: NUTR 132 or BIOL 207 or consent of instructor.
Nutritional needs as related to physiological changes that occur during aging. Factors that influence food intake and nutritional status of the elderly. Diet adaptation for chronic diseases commonly found in older people.
Same course as NUTR 439. Not open for credit to students with credit in NUTR 439. (Lecture-discussion, 3 hours.)

469./569. Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Intervention (3)

Prerequisites: Senior or graduate status.
Disability as a social construct. Examines policies and practices to understand the experience of disability. Includes historical and contemporary perspectives as well as future issues. Emphasis on social and clinical intervention methods as well as programs and resources.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as REC 469. Not open for credit to students with credit in REC 469 or SW 469.

474. Aging and Diversity in California (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400I, or consent of instructor.
Projects meaningful to California elders and that build skills. Professionals discuss career paths, local aging networks, and how the diverse climates of the State and region shape aging-related events, trends issues, and programs. Fieldtrips may be required.
(Lecture-activity 3 units.)

482. Health Assessment of the Aging Client (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400I or equivalent and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Assessment of the physical, psychological and social status of the aging client as they affect health and well-being. Focuses on working with aging clients in a variety of settings to identify actual or potential health-related problems using various techniques.
Same course as NRSG 482. Not open for credit to students with credit in NRSG 482. (Lecture-discussion, 3 hours.)

485. Mental Health and Aging (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400I, HDEV 357I or PSY 365, ANTH 454, and BIOL 401, or consent of instructor.
Mental health status of older adults over time and within subgroups. Societal responses affecting diagnoses and assessments of competence. Common mental health issues of older adults. Comparison of medical and non-medical therapeutics.
Fieldtrips may be required. (Seminar 3 hours.)

492G. Internship in Gerontology (3)

Prerequisites: Student must be a Gerontology Certificate candidate; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator; and GERN 400I, ANTH 454, PSY 365 or HDEV 357I. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. A course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grader lower than a “C” may proceed with other courses with approval of the Area Coordinator.
Field experience in which student assumes a preprofessional role in a professional setting. Objectives developed by student with supervisor must be approved by major advisor and form the basis for evaluation.
May be repeated for 6 units maximum. Same as FCS 492G. (Seminar 3 hours.)

497. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400I, ANTH 454, PSY 365, or HDEV 357I, upper-division standing and consent of program director.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Exploration and experience supplementing and/or complementing regular courses.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

*499. Special Studies (1-3)

Group investigation of topics of current interest in gerontology. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

GRADUATE LEVEL

500. Introduction to the Professional Practice of Gerontology (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: GERN 400I or equivalent; graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Graduate level introduction to the professional practice of Gerontology. Emphasis is on application of theoretical concepts, research in practice, ethics, career path exploration, and development of leadership career related skills and resources.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 2 hours, activity 2 hours)

520./420. Personal Finance for the Aging (3)

Prerequisites: 400-level course in Consumer Affairs or consent of instructor.
Personal finance as applied to the aging population.
Same course as FCS 520. Not open for credit to students with credit in FCS 520. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 3 hours.)

524. Independent Living for Disabled and Elderly Persons (3)

Prerequisites: CAFF 321I or 322 or GERN 400I or consent of instructor
Independent living concepts related to physically and or functionally disabled adults. Personal, environmental and programmatic responses to disability and aging.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as FCS 524. Not open for credit to student with credit in FCS 524.

530./430. Aging and Dementia (3)

Prerequisites: GERN 400I, HDEV 357I or PSY 365, or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
An examination of physiological, psychological, social and economic aspects of dementia and its impact on the individual, the family and society. Community resources, current research and policy issues are included, with a particular emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease.

550. Social Policy and Aging (3)

Prerequisite: GERN 400I, HDEV 357I or PSY 365, and ANTH 454 or consent of instructor.
Major legislation and policies affecting older Americans. Analyses of policy information and change, kinds of data, and social forces that affect development and implementation of aging-related policies and legislation.

563. Evaluation in Family and Consumer Sciences and Gerontology (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate course in statistics; GERN 696 (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent.
Principles, design, and methods of program evaluation for use by Family & Consumer Sciences and Gerontology professionals. Selection and development of instrumentation for data collection and interpretation and methods of reporting.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours.) Same course as FCS 563. Not open for credit to students with credit in FCS 563.

569./469. Disability, Culture and Society: Issues and Social Intervention (3)

Prerequisites: Senior or graduate status.
Disability as a social construct. Examines policies and practices to understand the experience of disability. Includes historical and contemporary perspectives as well as future issues. Emphasis on social and clinical intervention methods as well as programs and resources.
Same course as REC 569 and SW 569. Not open for credit to students with credit in REC 569 and SW 569. Letter grade only (A-F).

592. Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences/Gerontology (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Field experience in which student assumes a self directed responsible role in an agency, business or other community setting.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. (Seminar 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

597. Independent Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Exploration or experience supplementing and/or complementing regular courses to meet student learning goals.
May be repeated for a maximum of six units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F).

599. Special Topics (1-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing
Group investigation of topics of current interest in gerontology. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of six units with different topics in different semesters.

600. Seminar in Administration of Family and Consumer Sciences/Gerontology Programs (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Application of administration, management and leadership theories to family and consumer sciences/gerontology programs. Decision-making, organizational structures and evaluation concepts included.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as FCS 605. Not open for credit to student with credit in FCS 605.

610. Seminar in Current Issues, Trends and Research in Gerontology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses except GERN 696, 697 or 698 any of which may be taken concurrently.
Students will undertake literature reviews and/or research to explore emerging issues, trends and research in the field of aging studies and/or update their information on the most current gerontological topics.
(Seminar 3 hours.)

692. Gerontology Directed Project (1-4)

Prerequisite: GERN 697.
Students will acquire experiential skills under the guidance of a faculty advisor and supervisor/preceptor at an approved project site. Student will identify problems, design and assess a project or conduct research. Results will be presented in a thesis-style report.
Letter grade only (A-F).

696. Research Methods (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division course in statistics.
Methodological approaches to contemporary research issues in Family and Consumer Sciences. Course focuses on the design, development, and implementation of a formal research-designed project.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours). Same course as FCS 696. Not open for credit to students with credit in FCS 696.

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy, GERN 500-level courses in area of study, and GERN 696.
Independent investigation of research problems under the direction of a faculty member.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-4)

Prerequisite: GERN 697, advancement to candidacy.
Planning, preparation and completion of a thesis under supervision of a faculty member. Approval of thesis committee.
Letter grade only (A-F).