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Course Details

Course Code: SOCI307 Course ID: 4783 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

In this course the social construction of age and aging in the U.S. will be examined. The sociological perspective will be used to explore social problems associated with aging and the elderly, the influence of various social institutions on older adults, and sociological theories and research associated with aging. The course will also examine the impact of government, healthcare, the media, and various social factors such as race and gender on the experiences of older adults.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:

CO1: Examine the impact of race, gender, and social class on individuals as they age.
CO2: Deconstruct stereotypes about the elderly in society.
CO3: Evaluate sociological theories and research on aging.
CO4: Analyze historical and current policies that impact the lives of older adults.
CO5: Compare and contrast the experience of aging in the U.S. and in other countries.
CO6: Analyze the impact of ageism in society.
CO7: Examine the impact of aging on social institutions


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Discussions is required some weeks of class. Initial Discussion posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Discussions tab in our classroom.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

Additional assigned book chapters, journal articles, and video. See the "Required Readings and Resources" link in the Lessons for links to all of the course materials each week.

Book Title:Aging, Society, and the Life Course, 5th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Springer
Author:Morgan, Leslie
Unit Cost:$88.42
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.