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SOCW-465 - Older People, Aging and Society - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-465 - Older People, Aging and Society - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course provides an introduction to working with and on behalf of older people from an anti-oppression and inter-disciplinary perspective. We will examine age in relation to other identity factors, such as 'race', ethnicity, class, gender, (dis)ability, faith, sexual orientation, and marital status. The course is designed to expose students to issues affecting older adults both locally and globally; to critically examine beliefs and attitudes related to aging and older people- our own and those of others; and to develop a framework for anti-oppression practicing with older people. We will discuss policy, practice and research issues within the field of aging with a focus on structural inequalities in later life and the voices of older people.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, SOCW 306, third year standing or permission of the department head
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • articulate personal attitudes, values, and beliefs about aging and older people;

    • identify the existence and manifestations of ageism at all levels of society and its interaction with other forms of discrimination;

    • critically evaluate several controversial concepts of gerontology, including population aging, autonomy, frailty, incompetence, and risk;

    • describe and analyze theories of aging from the perspectives of 'the aging enterprise' (Estes, 1979) and older people themselves, and identify the implications of these frameworks for both direct and indirect practice in the field of aging;

    • critique various approaches to practice with older adults form an anti-oppressive perspective, taking into account social location and differing wants and needs of older people and their families;

    • discuss a range of issues affecting older adults, their significant others, and service providers; and

    • identify and evaluate policies and programs related to aging and older people from an anti-oppressive perspective.

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