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SOCY 2121 - Sociology of Aging

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly SOCY 2911)

SOCY 2121 provides an introduction to various areas included in the study of aging. Topics covered include the impact of changing demographics; stereotypes; theories of aging; and physical, mental, and social processes of growing old.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of the course students will be able to define the segment of the population considered aged and why that segment requires special study.


  1. Describe the demographic profile of older Americans.
  2. Identify the number and proportion of older adults.
  3. Explain health, education and economic status of the elderly population.
  4. Discuss definitions of aging.
  5. Identify stereotypes associated with aging.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to discuss the relevant theories of aging.


  1. Identify theoretical perspectives of aging.
  2. Explain critical role of aging research and development of policies.
  3. Identify basic terms and concepts in aging.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge about current data concerning processes associated with historical, cultural, biological, psychological, and sociological contexts of aging.


  1. Calculate life expectancy based on health factors.
  2. Discuss social factors or aging.
  3. Discuss health care coverage.
  4. Identify changes in daily living among age cohorts.
  5. Identify activities of daily living.
  6. Discuss retirement and financial planning.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of the course the student will be able to identify behaviors considered to be maladaptive in old age and the role of situational and environmental factors in producing such behavior.


  1. List positive and negative aspects of social relationships.
  2. Discuss social ties in older adulthood.
  3. Explain rate of mental disorders among older adults.
  4. Identify therapeutic interventions with older adults.
    1. Behavior interventions.
    2. Environmental design.
    3. Social networking.
    4. Family therapy.

Outcome 5:
Upon completion of the course students will be able to identify role changes and challenges associated with growing old.


  1. Identify median age of retirement.
  2. Discuss “age‐differentiated” social structure of present day American society.
  3. Explain job performance among older adults.
  4. Discuss effects of retirement.
  5. Explain age‐segregated living arrangements.
  6. Explain broad care homes, assisted living facilities, and care giving options.
  7. Explain the bereavement process.
  8. Compare widows and widowers.
  9. Discuss and define hospice and euthanasia.
  10. Discuss Medicare and social security.
  11. Explain advance directives

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. The Growth of Social Gerontology
  2. Historical and Cross‐Cultural Issues in Aging
  3. The Social Consequences of Physical Aging
  4. Managing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Well‐Being in Old Age
  5. Cognitive Changes with Aging
  6. Personality and Mental Health in Old Age
  7. Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Old Age
  8. Social Theories of Aging
  9. The Importance of Social Supports: Family, Friends, and Neighbors
  10. Opportunities and Stresses of Informal Caregiving
  11. Living Arrangements and Social Interactions
  12. Productive Aging: Paid and Nonpaid Roles and Activities
  13. Death, Dying, Bereavement, and Widowhood
  14. The Resiliency of Elders of Older Adults
  15. Social Policies to Address Social Problems in Aging
  16. Health and Long‐Term Care Policy and Programs

Primary Faculty
Dyer, Brigit
Secondary Faculty
Zaranek, Rochelle
Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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