Gerontology (UNO) Courses

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ACE Outcomes
Introduction to social gerontology and human development in later life; emphasis on important elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging, and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.
This course is a prerequisite for: GERO 446
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
GERO 307
Interdisciplinary survey of literature in the field of thanatology with an emphasis on working with the older patient and his or her family.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the field of education for and about the aging. Institutions and processes of education will be analyzed to determine their relationships and value to persons who are now old and those who are aging.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GERO 435/835
Prereqs:
Junior or senior standing.
For students in gerontology and in other fields who are interested in a humanistic approach to understanding significant issues which affect the lives of older people.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GERO 446/846
Prereqs:
Major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change including their implications for behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior or senior standing.
Mental health needs of older adults. Identifying both positive mental health and pathological conditions. Treatment interventions effective with older adults and their families.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GERO 450/850
Consideration of the legal concerns which are likely to arise as people age. Includes introduction to the American legal system and emphasis on underlying legal concepts and issues of special importance to older persons.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Investigation of the broad range of policy issues, theoretical concerns, and practical management strategies influencing the design, organization, and delivery of long-term care services.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Psychological, sociological, and physiological factors that influence the health of the aging, with particular emphasis given to biological changes that have implications for disease and health disorders.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Familiarizes the student with the identification and symptomology, basic assessment and intervention strategies associated with disorders of communication affecting older adults and geriatric patients. Beneficial to students majoring in gerontology, or speech pathology, as an elective course, or as a professional enrichment course for persons working in these or related fields.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior or senior standing.
Historical overview of programs for the elderly, to examine the national policy process as it relates to the older American, and to review the principles and practices relative to the existing national programs for the aged.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GERO 469/869
Working with Minority ElderlyCrosslisted as SOCW 404/804
Prereqs:
Junior or senior in gerontology or social work, or permission.
Interdisciplinary course designed to provide the student with knowledge of the differing status, attitudes, and experiences of the elderly within four major minority groups and to examine various service systems and practice models in terms of their relevance and effectiveness in meeting needs of minority elderly.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Marketing decisions and strategies apply to all businesses and are influenced by the target market. The economic realities and the character of America will change due to shifting demographics of baby boomers. Businesses that understand the power of the baby boomers will succeed; failure to understand that power may lead to economic consequences. Students from many disciplines will benefit from this cross-referenced course blending the realities of gerontology with the predictions of baby boomer behavior and the resulting impact to all businesses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Web
Examination of mid-life as it applies to the concept of second careers, existing resources, and the future of second careers; and the concept and practical implications of preretirement planning.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GERO 485/885
Prereqs:
Senior or graduate in social work or permission of School.
Designed to involve students in the recognition of fears, concerns, and needs of dying patients and their families by examining the hospice concept and other services available in our community. Factual information, readings, professional presentations, films, and experiential exercises are offered to aid the student in understanding that hospice is an alternative to the traditional medical model so that when the "cure" system is no longer functional, then the "care" system, hospice, can be offered.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs gerontology or permission.
Special studies designed around the interests and needs of the individual student in such areas as the psychology, sociology, economics, or politics of aging, as well as operation of various service systems. May be either a literature review project or a field project in which experience is gained in the community identifying and analyzing needs and services related to older people.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GERO 494/894
Prereqs:
9 hrs gerontology and permission.
Opportunity for students to share field experiences; to obtain guidance concerning various relationships with agency, staff, and clients; and to develop a broadly based perspective of the field of aging.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior Honors Program.
The senior honors project must be approved by the CPACS Honors Coordinator.
Independent research project supervised by department/school faculty.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior or senior standing.
Develops basic counseling skills for application in gerontology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduces the student to the field of recreation for the aging in nursing homes and community-based recreation programs. A portion of the course involves students visiting recreation sites
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
The thesis is written under the supervision of the thesis adviser and the thesis committee. Independent research project required of all students working toward the master of arts degree.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Restricted to graduate students only; required of gerontology students. Social gerontology with an emphasis on the interplay between social, psychological and physical elements in later life.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Intended primarily for graduate students in psychology and gerontology. Age-related changes in psychological processes and the implications of these changes for behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom