|Effective: Summer 2013|
|GERN 56||AGING & DIVERSITY||3 Unit(s)|
|Grade Type: Letter Grade Only|
|FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU|
|3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)|
|Introduction to the cross-cultural and diverse issues of aging, focusing on psychological and social aspects for diverse subgroups within the US. Students will learn to effectively communicate with aging clients of diverse ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural backgrounds. Through readings, lectures, films, discussions, case studies, and other interactive learning tools, the course will help students to develop the necessary skills to engage and work with aging clients with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Personal reflections, experiences, beliefs and behaviors will be explored.|
|Course Objectives -|
|The student will be able to: |
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment -|
|Multimedia classroom |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) -|
|Methods of Evaluation -|
|Representative Text(s) -|
|Mehrotra & Wagner, Aging and Diversity, 2nd Edition, An Active Learning Experience. Taylor & Francis Publishers 2012 |
In addition, students are directed to the Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics supported by the Bureau of Health Professions Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and located on the Stanford University webpage: http://www.stanford.edu/group/ethnoger/ Specific modules will be identified for relevant weeks.
|Method of Instruction -|
Appropriate films and documentaries
|Lab Content -|
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -|
|Example of weekly readings: |
Text book Aging and Diversity 2nd Edition Mehrotra & Wagner
In addition to the text book readings, students are directed to the Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics supported by the Bureau of Health Professions Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and located on the Stanford University webpage: http://www.stanford.edu/group/ethnoger/
Reading Ch 1
Reading Ch 2
Reading Ch 3 and handouts
Reading Ch. 4
Reading Ch. 5
Reading Chapter 7
Examples of Writings for Midterm and Final
There are two written assignments required.
‚ƒ¢A narrative about own ethnic background, values and beliefs about health, healthcare, the interaction between health & spirituality, and death.
‚ƒ¢The final paper will be based on a life-interview project that you conduct. In this project, you will interview one older adult (defined as over the age of 60, and preferably from different gender). In the interview, you will ask questions related to their ethnic background, values and beliefs about health, healthcare, work, retirement and leisure, and religious participation. The goal of your paper is to demonstrate the manner in which diversity, and/or culture has played a role in their aging process. Please use this paper as an opportunity to demonstrate to me the knowledge and understanding you have developed about aging and diversity over the course of this term. Your paper should be about 5 - 6 pages (max.), double-spaced, with 12 point font. The paper will be graded for both content and style. This assignment is worth 40% of the course grade.
Throughout the course, students will be provided with ample relevant printed material. Students will also actively engage in personal reflections on directed activities, discussions, presentations and videos. Students are asked to collect all material and written reflections in a designated binder.