Weekend 1-credit courses still open for Spring 2016 semester

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Sociol 300RJ/Sociol 5580RJ, ST: Topic: Dementia: Societal & Experiential Dimensions
1 Unit/J. Reeder (Class Number: 15198/15199 )

Class meets 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 6 and Feb. 20 at The Institute for Human Development, 215 W. Pershing, 6th Floor (Bowman Room), Kansas City, Mo. 64108. (Students must plan to attend both Saturdays.)

This course will introduce the dementia syndrome within the sociological contexts of stigma, labeling, and the social construction of reality. It will address the challenges of differential diagnosis, the characteristics, pathology, and current theories regarding the etiology and process specific to the most common cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease. Guest lecturers will discuss issues which individuals and families face with a diagnosis of dementia viewed through the lens of stigma and labeling. Ethical questions related to the loss of personhood will be posed. Finally, resources will be identified which are available to provide care and support to dementia patients and their families. Note: Students will do a 1-hour visit to a care facility, conduct an interview and write a paper on the experience.

Sociol 300RR, ST: Topic: Volunteerism, Civic Engagement, and the Older Adult
1 Unit/K. Collins/L. Breytspraak (Class Number: 17800 )

Class meets 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat., Mar. 5 and Mar. 19 at Diastole, 2501 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108. (Students must plan to attend both Saturdays.)

This course will explore the impact of older adults’ volunteerism and civic engagement (activities that specifically benefit the larger public or greater good) on their own health, well-being, and mortality as well as those who benefit from their efforts. Students will actively participate in discovering these outcomes through statistics and anecdotal research. Students will identify the pros and cons of civic engagement including identifying opportunities for the older adult.

Sociol 300RG/Sociol 5580RG, ST: Topic: Age, Gender, and Culture in U.S. Society
1 Unit/K. Wright (Class Number: 16100/16101)

Class meets 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat., Apr. 9 and Apr. 23 at Diastole, 2501 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. 64108. (Students must plan to attend both Saturdays.)
In this class, we will explore current society’s attitudes toward, and perceptions of, the aging woman and the aging man across different identity constructs such as race, ethnicity and social class. We will examine historical and current constructions of age in certain cultural arenas such as art, literature, and advertising, and consider what these constructions express about social power and conflict, or lack thereof. In doing so, we will attempt to gain a better understanding of the roles and agenda(s) of the image creator(s), as well as the impact of these images on society and culture.

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