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HDFS 201 - Perspectives in Gerontology

  • 3 credits

Multidisciplinary perspectives on a variety of issues in human aging; exploration of careers in gerontology; service-learning with older adults; emphasis on applied gerontology.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of gerontology.
  • Define basic concepts, controversies, and issues in the field of gerontology, both from academic and applied perspectives.
  • Identify career and internship opportunities in the field of gerontology.
  • Identify the political, economic, and international issues associated with aging.
  • Engage in service-learning with older adults in the community.

About HDFS 201 (4 min.)


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology) or SOC 100 (General Sociology)

Important Information

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Required Textbook:

Aging and the Life Course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology., 8th Ed. (2022)

Quadagno, J.

ISBN10: 1260150011 | ISBN13: 9781260150018 (As bundled with CONNECT online learning platform which includes access to the e-book. Ordering loose leaf is optional.)

Suggested Textbook:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)

American Psychological Association

ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-3215-4


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers

Allyson Brothers is a gerontologist, passionate about understanding the lifelong influences that shape the health and well-being of individuals as they reach late life. She teaches both online and in the physical classroom in the department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).