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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY6627

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-28
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1711 2007-01-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies AS 0122900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds x9750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 6627 Women and Aging

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Women and Aging
    Course Online? Percentage Online



    Course Description

    The purpose of this course is to examine older women’s lives from a feminist perspective. Factors such as longer life expectancy and gender differences in health trajectories result in a disproportionate share of older women in the United States.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course adds depth to the electives we offer our Master's Students. It has become a popular class and we feel it should be added to our regular course offerings.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This class would appeal to any of the Master's Students in the School of Aging Studies. It is cross-listed with the Department of Women's Studies Department, and would also have appeal to students in any of the social sciences.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, this course has been offered three times as Selected Topics.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in Gerontology or related discipline.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will be sensitized to the experiences of older women in the context of health, wealth, and social status in our society. These three areas encompass such issues as gender-related health differences, research into women’s health, self-image, work, retirement, social welfare systems, domestic violence/elder abuse, family roles and relationships, intimacy and sexuality, and life satisfaction.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the term, the students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the interplay between ageism, sexism, racism, and issues of sexual orientation

    2. Explain differences in our social welfare systems for men versus women and who is most favored by such systems

    3. Identify key areas of life where older women are at advantages and disadvantages in comparison to older men

    4. Make the distinction between feminist and social gerontological theoretical perspectives in the lives of older women and draw out the practical implications of the applications of each of these perspectives.

    C. Major Topics

    Feminist and Gerontological Theory

    Ageism and Sexism

    Change and Advocacy

    Ethnicity and Racism

    Women’s Health: Status and Science


    Other Physiological Changes

    Women and Self-Image

    Women’s Cognitive Health

    Women’s Mental Health

    Family, Relationships, and Widowhood

    Grieving and End of Life Issues

    Intimate Lives of Older Women

    Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse

    Older Women and Work

    Women’s “Retirement”—Social Security and Other Benefits

    Long-Term Care

    Successful Aging in Older Women: Life Satisfaction

    Successful Aging in Older Women: Religion and Faith

    D. Textbooks

    1. Doress-Worters, P. B., & Siegal, D. L. (1994). The new ourselves, growing older. New York, NY: Touchstone. ISBN 0671872974

    2. Coyle, J. M. (Ed.). (2001). Handbook on women and aging. Westport, CT: Praeger. ISBN 0313288577

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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