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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To understand the processes and theories of aging;
    2. To understand the specific changes that occur with age in physical, sensory, sexual, intellectual, personality, and social development;
    3. 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
    4. To better understand our own societal prejudice against getting older (ageism) and its effects on our behavior toward the middle-aged/older populations.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Theories of Adult Development
    2. Physical and Intellectual Development in Young, Middle, and Late Adulthood;
    3. Marriage, Parenthood, and The Family;
    4. Vocational Development and Retirement;
    5. Personality and Social Development in Young, Middle, and Late Adulthood;
    6. Dying and Death;
    7. Bereavement and Grief;

    Additional topics/chapters may be chosen according to the interests and specialization of the instructor.

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. 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