PSYC185 The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology
- I. Course Number and Title
- PSYC185 The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- PSYC110 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Examines developmental and psychological needs of the young, middle-aged, and older adults. The developmental tasks encountered during these stages, such as deciding on a career, choice of marital states, life management, and adjusting to a decline in physical ability, are studied in the light of current research and theory.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- To understand the processes and theories of aging;
- To understand the specific changes that occur with age in physical, sensory, sexual, intellectual, personality, and social development;
- To understand our culture's treatment of death and dying and to appreciate the way our attitudes affect the process of adjusting to bereavement; and
- To better understand our own societal prejudice against getting older (ageism) and its effects on our behavior toward the middle-aged/older populations.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Theories of Adult Development
- Physical and Intellectual Development in Young, Middle, and Late Adulthood;
- Marriage, Parenthood, and The Family;
- Vocational Development and Retirement;
- Personality and Social Development in Young, Middle, and Late Adulthood;
- Dying and Death;
- Bereavement and Grief;
Additional topics/chapters may be chosen according to the interests and specialization of the instructor.
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Textbook(s) and group experiences as specified in each instructor's course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 11/98; New Core 8/2015