HDFS 201 - Perspectives in Gerontology

  • 3 credits
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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.

This course has online exams that require a proctor. Two proctoring options are available: 1) taking the exam on campus at the University Testing Center (UTC), or 2) using ProctorU, an online proctoring service, which allows you to take the exam from your home but requires that your computer has a webcam and a microphone. For full system specifications, please visit: http://proctoru.com/tech.php.

The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in Division of Continuing Education course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any software that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone.

See http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.do. for detailed instructions. For full system specifications, please visit: http://proctoru.com/tech/php. If you have any questions, please call the proctor line at 205-870-8122. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.


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.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Aging: Concepts and Controversies, 8th Ed. (2014)
    Moody, Harry R. and Sasser, Jennifer R.
    ISBN: 978-1452275888


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers