Associate of the Arts in Gerontology
Course Descriptions - LEAD Format (60 credit hours)
BUS 100L Introduction to Adult Studies
This is an introductory course for adult students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree in the Ohio Dominican LEAD program. It provides the student with an overview of important concepts of self-management and of an awareness of effective skills for implementation of University level study.
ENG 101L thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum
This course emphasizes the strategies students need for writing and thinking across the curriculum. By practicing writing strategies such as argumentation, researched writing (or writing with sources), summary, analysis, comparison and contrast, definition, students will build the skills needed to succeed as college writers. Each section will focus on a specific theme. Themes from previous classes have included the following: American identity, family, love, the politics of food, Native American culture, and biography. This course does not fulfill the literature requirement. Not open to students with credit for ENG 101 or ENG 110.
ENG 102L Scholarly Adventures: Researched Writing
Building upon the research skills from ENG 101, this course focuses primarily on academic research writing. Intensive reading and writing will be used to develop knowledge of analytical techniques in the liberal arts. There will be specific emphasis on reading strategies, library research, integrating sources, argumentation, and the MLA method of documentation. Each section will focus on a specific theme. Themes from previous classes have included the following: American identity, family, love, the politics of food, Native American culture, and biography. This course does not fulfill the literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 110. Not open to students with credit for ENG 111.
SWK 100L Social Problems and Social Policies
An introduction to social policy of the American welfare state drawing upon historical background and analytical approaches in making the connections between social problems and social policies. Highlights concerns of the social work profession within the social policy process particularly as thee relate to issues of social justice regarding vulnerable population groups and the global interconnections of oppression.
SWK 120L Theory and Practice I: Introduction to the Profession
Origin and development of the profession of social work; opportunities for practice including methods and fields with attention to special issues and populations; relationships with other disciplines and contemporary society; intraprofessional and interprofessional issues. Prerequisite: Social work major or consent of instructor. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.
SOC 101L Introduction to Sociology
A survey of the basic concepts of the sociological analysis of human behavior. Topics include culture, and socialization; deviance and social control; stratification and social class; inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, and class; collective behavior and social change; and the role of social institutions in society including family, health care, education, religion, politics, and the economy. Some sections may include a service-learning component. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.
IDS 179HL CORE: Are You Connected?
This course p[provides students with an expediential journey of self-discovery with the overarching goal of recognition that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. Referencing a variety of disciplines including medicine, psychology, art, religion, science, philosophy. Students will move from a broad contemplation of what it means to be human to the development of their own personal identity.
PSY 100L Introduction to Psychology
A survey course on the basic principles of psychology and their applications to human behavior and social problems. Multiple perspectives emerging from different philosophical and socio-historical contexts are used to examine domains of human thought and behavior. Topics include research methods, human development, gender differences, learning and cognition, psychobiology, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, methods of treatment, and the impact of social situations and culture on behavior.
SWK 220L Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
A survey of theory and research concerning continuities and changes from conception through adolescence as a function of biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior. Contemporary perspectives central to the practice of social work are incorporated. Content includes ways in which social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Prerequisite: PSY 100.
SWK 222L Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
A survey of theory and research concerning continuities and changes that occur during the adult life cycle as a function of biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior. Contemporary perspectives central to the practice of social work are incorporated. Content includes ways in which social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. Prerequisite: PSY 100.
PHL 243L Bioethics
An examination of ethical principles and their applications to ethical issues in medicine, health care, and biological sciences. Not open to students with credit in PHL 348B.
SWK 277L Social Context of Aging
An examination of the contemporary social and cultural context of aging designed to provide a survey of concepts and issues relevant to working with and on behalf of adults in the community and in institutional settings.
ART 279AL CORE: Global Community in Art
This course introduces students to the concept of art as an agent for social change through case studies of community/communal art “movements” through history from around the globe as well as the United States and our local community. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status. Pre- or C0-requisite: ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (Art/Music/Theatre).
SWK 278L Aging and Social Cultural Change
A cross-cultural study of the aging process in the context of social and cultural changes; includes consideration of issues raised by the interplay of cultural values and technological developments.SWK 279CL CORE: Politics of Aging
Political, economic, and ethical perspectives on selected policy issues affecting the aging population in the U.S. Policy issues include: economic resources and needs of the aging population, impact of the “baby boom generation” on the current support structure, and elder abuse. Intergenerational equity is also analyzed. Emphasis is given to the broad implications of economic life for elderly persons, besides society’s differential treatment of older adults as a group. Seminar participants will actively participate in a short-term community-building project to promote the common good. Prerequisites: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status and ENG 102. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. Not open to students with credit for SWK 275.
SWK 297L Gerontological Field Work
Field placement under supervision within a local human service agency in a selected area of gerontological practice. The student will spend, at minimum, 50 clock hours in the field per semester credit hour. Pass-fail option available. Faculty instructor will serve as liaison between the University and the field site. Prerequisite: successful completion of a minimum of three of the following courses: PSY 222 or SWK 222, 275, 277, and 278; or consent of instructor.
SWK 282L Gerontology Seminar
The fieldwork Seminar provides a systematic opportunity to connect the gerontological fieldwork practice experience with the academic program. Co-requisite: Enrollment in SWK 297L.