SRJC Course Outlines

6/23/2024 11:36:08 AMPSYCH 56 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 56Title:  AGING, DYING & DEATH  
Full Title:  Aging, Dying and Death
Last Reviewed:12/9/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PSYCH 6

Catalog Description:
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Examination of aging, dying, death, and bereavement process in contemporary society.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Examination of aging, dying, death, and bereavement process in contemporary society.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Describe current trends in life expectancies, demographics, and attitudes toward adulthood, "old age," death and dying.
2.  Compare and contrast prominent theories on adult development and aging.
3.  Summarize age-related physical diseases and psychological problems.
4.  Examine how the process of aging affects intelligence, memory, creativity, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
5.  Describe different types of intimate partnerships in adulthood.
6.  Examine the role of gender, socioeconomic status, personality, and health on choice of work and retirement.
7.  Provide a list of stressors encountered by the aging person and generate ways to ameliorate the stress.
8.  Discriminate among concepts of suicide, assisted-suicide, and euthanasia; and summarize death/burial rituals and the grieving process following death.
9.  Identify a variety of modes/types of death and review the bereavement, grief and mourning process of the survivor.
10. Describe the funeral system, with emphasis in death notification, funeral service selection and  cost, and body

Topics and Scope
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1.  Defining the Journey:  Some Assumptions, Definitions, and Methods
2.  Sociocultural Adult Development and Learning Theory of Death:
3.  Physical Changes
4.  Health, Health Habits, and Health Care
5.  Changes in Cognitive Abilities
6.  Social Roles
7.  Development of Relationships
8.  Work and Retirement
9.  Personality Stability and Change
10. Stress and Resistance
11. Death, Dying and Bereavement
12. Facing Death:  Living with Life-Threatening Illness
13. Medical Ethics: Euthanasia and Dying in a Technological Age
14. Survivors:  Understanding the Experience of Loss
15. Late Rites:  Funerals and Body Disposition
16. The Law and Death
17. Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents
18. Suicide
19. Risks of Death in the Modern World
20. Beyond Death/After Life

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1. Read approximately 25-35 pages per week, and recapitulate assigned material in the textbook, and if applicable, supplements.
2. Take 2-4 exams and one final exam on lectures, reading, concepts, and terminology.
3. Write approximately 1000-1500 word essay(s) or term/research paper for the purpose of learning research skills, enhancing course knowledge, and improve critical thinking and writing skills.
4. Oral presentations, group projects, and/or portfolio projects  may be assigned.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Written homework, term, interview, journals, or research papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Multiple choice, true/flase, fll-in, short answer, essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentations, group projects, and/or portfolio projects may be assigned.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Journey of Adulthood,  7th edition. Bjorklund, B. R., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson:  2010.
Adult Development and Aging, 6th edition. Cavanaugh, J. C. and Blanchard-Fields, F., Belmont, CA: Wadsworth: 2011.
Death and Dying, Life and Living, 7th edition.  Corr, C., and Corr, D. M., Connecticut: Cengage: 2013.
Aging, the Individual, and Society, 9th edition.  Hillier, S., and Barrow, G., Belmont, CA: Wadsworth: 2011.
Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, 9th edition.  Hooyman, N. and Kiyak, H., Asuman., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson: 2010.
Social Gerontology, 3rd edition. Hooyman, N. and Kiyak, H., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson: 2010.
Death, Society, and Human Experience, 11th edition.  Kastenbaum, R., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson: 2011.
Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement, 7th edition. Leming, M. and Dickinson, G., Belmont, CA: Wadsworth: 2011.
The Last Dance, 9th edition.  DeSelder, L. and Strickland, A., Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill: 2012.

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