PS222 Adult Development & Aging

for S1R 2005

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COURSE TITLE: Adult Development and Aging
TERM: Spring I
NAME: Mr. Kenneth Bergo
TITLE: Instructor
LOCATION: Scott/50
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
DATES OF THE TERM: January 10, 2005 - March 06, 2005
CLASS DAYS: Monday - Wednesday
CLASS TIMES: 1700 -1930 hours

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses on the developmental tasks and psychosocial services during the adult years with special emphasis placed on the social psychology of aging.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactive ness based on lectures, readings, class and group discussions, writings, quizzes, and examinations. The instructor will engage the learner in a lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions related to Adult Development and Aging.

1. Provide the student with an introduction and background to adult development and aging.
2. Acquaint the student with the following:
a. A multi-perspective approach to Adult Development and Aging.
b. The introduction of social issues impacting on aging.
c. The critical role of social support in the aging process and the important role of the immediate family in this concept.

TEXT BOOK: Atchley, Robert C, Social Forces and Aging: An Introduction to Social Gerontology, 10th ed. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2004.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: The instructor will not receive any assignments after their due date. Assignments submitted after the due date will receive a grade of "zero".

COURSE ASSESSMENT: There will be two examinations each worth 100 points and one ten page term paper worth 100 points assigned during the term. The first examination will include all material covered between the first and the seventh class periods. The second examination will include all material covered between the ninth and fifteenth class periods. The ten-page term paper will be written in "APA" style and the topic will be explained during the first class period.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:


Session Day Date Assignment Learning outcomes
1 M Jan 10 Introduction, Define the scope of social Gerontology,
Chapters 1, 2, & 3 Demographics of aging, and a brief out-
line of the history of aging in USA.

2 W Jan 12 Chapter 4, 5 Understand the Physiological and
Psychological aspects of aging.

3 M Jan 17 Chapter 6, 7 Be able to define the social changes of

4 W Jan 19 Chapter 8, 9 Understand the impact of family, friends,
and retirement on the individual.

5 M Jan 24 Chapters 10 Discuss how activities and lifestyles affect individuals.

6 W Jan 26 Chapter 11 Discuss the impact of religion and
spirituality on aging individuals.

7 M Jan 31 Chapter 12 Understand the affect of death
and review and dying on the aging individual.

8 W Feb 02 Examination 1

9 M Feb 07 Chapter 13 Understand the impact of housing and
income on the aging.

10 W Feb 09 Chapter 14 Be able to discuss the impact of health
care on the aging.

11 M Feb 14 Chapter 15, 16 Understand the impact of culture and
community social services on aging

12 W Feb 16 Chapter 17 Be able to define social inequity and
Term paper due aging.

13 M Feb 21 Chapter 18 Discuss the affect of the economy on the
aging individual.

14 W Feb 23 Chapter 19 Understand the role aging individuals
impact politics and government.

15 M Feb 28 Chapter 20 Understand the future role of Social
and review gerontology.

16 W Mar 02 Examination 2

Grading requirements will be in accordance with the following ratios.
Test 1 30%
Test 2 30%
Term Paper 30%
Class discussion 10%
Grades will have the following numerical values:
90% and higher A
80% to 89% B
70% to 79% C
60% to 69% D
Less than 60% F