Gerontology (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:

    $790 

Start Date

Live Online

Part Time: September 29, 2020 – December 22, 2020

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Overview

The Gerontology course provides an orientation to the psychological and social changes that occur through adulthood and old age. Students will be introduced to basic theoretical models, research methods, and current information on the psychology of aging. A major goal is to contrast existing myths about adult development with the best available empirical evidence to separate myths from realities. Included is a practical emphasis on measures that may be used to successfully prepare for, or adapt to, the psychological changes of aging.

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon completion of Gerontology course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the goals, issues, and research methods used in the study of adult development.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills regarding common attitudes and perceptions about aging and old age through active participation in discussion forums and assignments.
  3. Explain physical and psychological age-related changes in the sensory systems, reproductive system, and the nervous system.
  4. Describe the key age-related issues involving longevity, health, and stress.
  5. Analyze how mental health and normal/abnormal behavior are understood and describe the causes and treatments of the common psychological problems affecting older adults.
  6. Describe age-related changes in attention, perceptual processing, memory, intelligence, and social cognition.
  7. Explain the different ways of understanding personality and how personality relates to age and gender.
  8. Describe the importance and challenges of the different relationships of older men and women.
  9. Describe the issues and challenges of the workplace for older men and women, including the challenges associated with difference in ethnicity.
  10. Explain the developmental process through which people perceive and experience death and loss.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools (Zoom for Education) to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. Students should have access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class sessions. To be able to participate in webinars, students need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection.

Dates

Live Online

Part Time:

September 29, 2020 – December 22, 2020

  • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars.
  • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm PST.
  • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities.

Fees

Registration fee for this course is $790.

Textbooks: Cavanaugh, J.C., Blanchard-Fields, F., & Norris, J. E. (2008). Adult development and aging. (1st Canadian ed.). Toronto, ON: Thomson-Nelson. 

 

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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