Gerontology

Department of Social Work

GERN/SOCI 280. Social Gerontology. 3 credits.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of aging. The course provides an overview of issues surrounding aging in contemporary society: personal, familial, communal and societal.

GERN 305. Programs and Services for the Elderly.  3 credits.

A review of the programs and services provided for the elderly in the public and private sectors of America. Observations and participation in local programs for the elderly will be required. Prerequisite: GERN/SOCI 280.

GERN/SOWK 325. Positive Aging: Elderhostel. 3 credits.

In this academic course and outreach program, JMU students are co-participants and co-learners with adults 55 and over attending the JMU Elderhostel.

GERN/FAM/SOWK 375. Grant Writing for Agencies. 3 credits.

A collaborative course, which emphasizes active learning, teaches basic skills on proposal writing. Students and agency representatives learn the importance of grant writing for agencies/organizations and research projects often needed to complete graduate education. There is a potential for a grant submission by the end of the semester.

GERN 400. Skills and Techniques in Gerontological  Assessment. 3 credits.

The study of the skills and techniques used in assessing the elderly client. Assessment is made from the holistic approach: physical, psychological and social. Prerequisite: GERN/SOCI 280.

GERN 487. Special Topics in Gerontology. 3 credits.

Examination of selected topics in gerontology that are of current importance in the field of gerontology. Course may be repeated for credit.

GERN 490. Special Studies in Gerontology. 1-3 credits.

Independent study in gerontology under faculty supervision. Limited to gerontology minors. Can be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: GERN/SOCI 280, GERN 305 and GERN 400 or permission of instructor.

GERN 495. Field Experience/Seminar in Gerontology (1, 6). 3 credits.

Supervised field experience in gerontology settings that allows observation and experience with the well and frail elderly. A minimum of six hours in the assigned setting each week and one hour seminar on campus. Prerequisites: GERN/SOCI 280, GERN 305 and GERN 400, major elective and approval of the gerontology minor adviser.



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