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.

This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.


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

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


  • Aging: Concepts and Controversies, 9th Ed. (2017)
    Moody, Harry R. and Sasser, Jennifer R.


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers