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Gerontology (GERON)

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The following Gerontology courses are offered:

GERON 300
Sociology of Aging    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D; CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This introductory course examines the aged and the aging process, with emphasis on social factors affecting and affected by an aging population. It includes an analysis of demography and history of aging in America; individual aging and adaption; needs, resources, and social support systems; employment and retirement; and social class/cultural differences. Multi-generational interviews will be used to supplement a service learning project which requires face-to-face service at a community agency with approval between the instructor and agency.

GERON 331

Interviewing, Counseling the Elderly    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides techniques of facilitating the elderly with emphasis on rehabilitation using validation, communication, and motivation techniques, sensitivity training, and the life review process. Individual and group processes as related to the elderly are utilized. Some off-campus agency activities may be required.

GERON 333

Techniques of Individual
and Group Counseling of the Elderly    4 Units
Prerequisite: GERON 331 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course explores effective facilitation techniques used with the elderly. Also, non-traditional helping techniques and support are investigated. Under supervision, students will be involved in helping the elderly.

GERON 495

Independent Studies in Gerontology    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

GERON 498

Work Experience in Gerontology    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to career interests.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Gerontology. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce completing required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend orientation. Students must complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Online students must have an email account. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

GERON 499

Experimental Offering in Gerontology    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Updated 6/01/16

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