Psychology of Aging syllabus

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San  Jose  State  University Psychology  Department PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING  PSYC/GERO 114   Dr. Tina Camagna  Foley   Spring  2010 OFFICE:   DMH 232 OFFICE HOURS:   Tuesdays,  5:00  p.m.  – 6:00  p.m. OFFICE PHONE:    (408) 924- 5607 E-MAIL:     tina.foley@sjsu.edu WEBSITE:   http:/ /www.sjsu.edu /people/tina.foley CLASSROOM:   DMH 348 REQUIRED TEXT: Adult  Development  and  Aging   (6 th  ed.). Belmont,  CA: Wadsworth. PLEASE NOTE:  All students  must  have  Internet  access. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This  course  emphasizes  developmental  patterns  of aging  from  middle  to older   adulthood.  The concepts  of interpersonal  relationships,  cognition,  psychology   and  physiology of health,  and  death  and  dying  will be discussed.  Special   attention  will be given  to socioeconomic  status,  gender,  and  ethnic  variations.   The  implications  of mental  health  care  services  and  long- term  care  facilities  will  also  be examined.    COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Students  will describe  both  the  changes  and  continuities  during  late   adulthood  that  shape  psychological  aspects  of individual  well-being. 2. Students  will assess  current  theories  of aging  and  interpersonal  behavior. 3. Students  will become  familiar  with  different  concepts  of “healthy” psychological   development  and  adaptation  in late  adulthood. 4. Students  will develop  and  demonstrate  proficiency  with  classical  and   contemporary  methods,  theory,  and  research  in each  of the  major  subdivisions  of  geropsychology  concerned  with  the  scientific  study  of behavior  and  human   experience. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: 1. A variety  of teaching  methods  will be used,  including  instructor’s   presentations,  class  discussions,  videos,  and  guest  speakers. 1
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2. A skeleton  outline  of each  class  presentation  throughout  the  semester  will be made  available.  These  outlines  are  designed  to show  how  each  presentation is organized,  as  well as  the  key terms  and  ideas  covered.  The  outlines  thus   provide  an  organizational  structure  for whatever  notes  students  may  decide  to  take  in class. 3. Class  presentations  will be coordinated  with  reading  assignments.  Your   instructor’s   efforts  in class  will often  be directed  to presentations  of ideas  which involve recent  theoretical  and/or  research  developments  in the  field of geropsychology. 4. Students  are  encouraged  to bring  to their  instructor  any  questions  they  may  
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