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SOCI307 - Sociology of Aging

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI307 Course ID: 4783 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

In this course the social construction of age and aging in the U.S. will be examined. The sociological perspective will be used to explore social problems associated with aging and the elderly, the influence of various social institutions on older adults, and sociological theories and research associated with aging. The course will also examine the impact of government, healthcare, the media, and various social factors such as race and gender on the experiences of older adults.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:

CO1: Examine the history of sociology.

CO2: Examine major sociological theories such as the conflict theory, feminism, functionalism and symbolic interactionism.

CO3: Demonstrate understanding of classical social theories.

CO4: Describe theoretical perspectives of classical social theorists.

CO5: Examine classical sociologist's theories and their work.

C6: Analyze contemporary society and social issues through the application of sociological perspectives.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

Additional assigned book chapters, journal articles, and video. See the "Required Readings and Resources" link in the Lessons for links to all of the course materials each week.

Book Title:Aging, Society, and the Life Course, 5th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Springer
Author:Morgan, Leslie
Unit Cost:$88.42
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.