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Courses are available as electives for enrollment by graduate students. To search for a course, you can visit schedule.arizona.edu. If you enrolled in your program through the Main Campus, you may take iCourses, or you can select Arizona Online if you are enrolled in a program offered fully online. When searching for a course, enter the course prefix (eg: CPH, IIA, MED, FCM) in the “subject” field to confirm course availability prior to registering. 

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This introductory course sets the stage for a human and experiential understanding of aging and the life experience of older adults. Learning will take a practical, theoretical and humanistic look with emphasis on ageism, life course, person/environment interaction, autonomy, self-determination, inter-dependence, and inter-vulnerability. 

This course will provide a high-level review of every-day ethics along with special attention to issues related to aging and older adults such as elder protection. Emphasis will be placed on professional standards, so students are able to distinguish between and communicate around ethical issues while working with older adults and their families.

The focus of this course is on understanding aging as a biological and psychological phenomenon.  Consideration will be given to biological explanations for how and why aging occurs and normal versus abnormal aging changes.  Cognition as a biological and psychological phenomenon will be explored.  Finally, psychological perspectives will be considered including stages of growth and development, and ability to recognize normal age changes in intelligence and cognitive abilities including those that may impact late-life functioning.

This course is designed to assist students in exploring aging as a socio-cultural phenomenon.  Sociological theories of aging will be explored.  Life-course theory and ethnogerontological theory will be used to frame aging from the perspective of human diversity. Ways in which aging and the experience of aging differs based on gender, race, socio-economic status, and culture will be explored along with what these variations mean for working with older adults and their families.

This course provides an overview of how creative arts practices have been implemented to promote community health and wellness. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course draws on existing theoretical frameworks, practices, and research methods from both the arts and health sciences and seeks to promote inter-professional dialogue about how to expand the contributions of creative arts in promoting healthy communities. Students in the course will bring perspectives from their respective fields of study and will have opportunities to explore innovative ways to integrate creative arts practices into their fields of practice and research. This third course of a three part 1-credit course series focuses on creative arts in the context of aging, dementia, and brain health.

The goal of this course is to provide students with a beginning understanding of research strategies used with older adults so students are able to evaluate new information on aging and its sources (popular media and research publications) and to determine the appropriateness and applicability of research evidence. 

This course provides an opportunity for student to synthesize biological, psychological, sociological and humanistic perspectives of aging and apply it in real-world and relevant scenarios. Additionally, new theoretical models and tools will be introduced to aid student in thinking about and reflecting on the aging process. 

Students will learn about terminology and common derogatory communication patterns that present in discussion with or about older adults. Students will also learn how to apply the skills necessary to find, engage and participate in interdisciplinary and community collaboration in the areas of research, policy, provision of supports, services and other opportunities. 

This course focuses on learning about and understanding the existing spectrum of healthcare and supportive services for older adults. Current challenges and opportunities will be discussed along with ideation around improvements and innovations in this space. 

This course focuses on interdependence and inter-vulnerability shared by all humans with a special emphasis on the implications of these concepts for older adults. Additionally, opportunities to interact with, learn about and compare aging challenges around the world with local issues and opportunities will be explored.

This survey course introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of improving the lives of older adults throughout multiple disciplines. Students will gain a holistic view of the many ways a life-course can be impacted and how interdisciplinary work is critical for change. 

From the anti-aging movement to the use of “smart” technologies for monitoring the behavior and function of older adults, a plethora of new information bombards older adults, their caregivers and their care providers.  This course will provide an overview of the array of innovations being researched from the perspectives of those involved in the development.

Through this course students will integrate and expand gerontological perspectives on aging into a larger unifying theory. Longitudinal effects on the life course of older adults will be explored through this consolidated view to gain a better understanding of the multi-faceted and complex nature of various influences on the quality of life an aging population.

This course explores biases and ageism as social justice issues impacting older adults and the aging experience. Students will learn about how biases embedded in our culture impact messaging about aging that influences our perspective on getting older. Students will leave with the ability to better protect themselves from bias messaging and to be more open to opportunities and possibilities in the field of aging.

Looking for undergraduate education in aging? Check out this Department of Psychology's undergraduate certificate.

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