Sociology of Aging

GERON 300 or SOC 335

Same course, just cross-referenced

Required: Purchase only one of the following:

Aging Matters Textbook, or
Access Code for Digital Textbook
Image of the Aging Matters Textbook2016 Edition

Revel Student Access Code CardISBN: 9780133973921

Author:   Nancy R. Hooyman
More textbook information available below:

Video Series Enhanced Online-Class
Growing Old in a New Age

Growing Old Video Series
The VIDEO SERIES “Growing Old in a New Age” accompanies this course. You will view 13  one-hour programs introducing key concepts and facts. Selected experts provide commentary.

Where to View Course Videos: The video series may be viewed within our D2L course shell and at the Annenberg Learner web site.

Welcome Letter

Hello Students,

Welcome to a new semester at Sacramento City College!  Here is some information to prepare you for the beginning of the semester.

Please read our Course Information and Orientation Meeting Schedule using the links provided on this website.

If you are enrolled and have successfully taken an online class in the past, you may be excused from the Orientation meeting. You are still expected to complete the orientation assignments as outlined on the orientation webpage. (See: What if I have successfully taken online classes in the past…?”)

  2. Students automatically have a FREE email account through Sacramento City College.
  3. If you do not check your SCC email regularly, then configure it to FORWARD to an email address you do check frequently.
  4. Remember to keep the email address updated if you change it during the semester.
  5. Complete the “D2L Sample Class” (all 8 Modules & the Final)
    -This is a free self-paced activity offered through American River College.
    -Questions about the “D2L Sample Class” should be emailed to Professor D2L (That is not me)
  6. More information about the “D2L Sample Class” can be found at:
  7. You will know you completed all 8 Modules when you see the “Congratulations Page.”
    -The “D2L Sample Class- Certificate of Completion” will be emailed to you and that might take a couple of days.
  8. Even though our D2L course may not be open yet, you can still complete the reading, view any posted videos and start outlining your essays. Look for “Week 1 Assignment” on this page.
    – Take our Course’s Syllabus Quiz.
    – Submit the “D2L Sample Class- Certificate of Completion” to our Course Dropbox.
    – Doing the above will allow your weekly assignments to open regularly.
  10. Each week of the semester you will do the following:
  • Complete the Reading Assignment.
  • Click on CONTENT in D2L.
    • View the PowerPoint slides
    • Complete Chapter Assignments and Activities.
    • SUBMIT Assignments to the Dropbox.
  • Participate in all of the Discussion Board topics.
    • Disappearing from the Discussion Boards is like a student not attending class, and as such your disappearance will result in being dropped.
      Each week you will:

      • Submit your posts
      • Reply to another student’s post
  • Review the Reading. (You are encouraged to use the chapter study guides and/or quizzes, however they are optional -no points- and are not submitted to your instructor.)
  • All weekly assignments must be submitted on time to maximize points.
    • “On time” means that the assignment will be submitted by the DUE DATE.
      • Illness and other life challenges are not excuses for late submissions.
      • Forgetting about the assignment and/or not being aware of due dates and assignments are not excuses for late submissions.
      • I understand that sometimes life happens. Continue reading about Due Dates vs End Dates, below.

In D2L you will see reference to DUE Dates and END Dates.

  • Due Dates:
    • Assignments are usually due one week after they are assigned, (see course syllabus for details).
    • Our Assignment Week typically runs Tuesday to Tuesday.
    • Assignments will frequently be available a week before they are assigned, so students can work ahead if they wish.
    • If you wish to get full credit on your assignments, submit them by the Due Date.
  • End Dates:
    • The End Date is the date the files in the Dropbox close and are no longer available to students.
    • Assignments submitted after the Due Date (late), and before the End Date will receive partial credit. (No more than 70% of the possible points.)
  • Pay close attention to the content, calendar & news throughout the semester.
  • Make sure to arrange time every week to complete the discussions, assignments, projects, chapter quizzes, and exams.

Do not be afraid to ask for help: Online courses can be more convenient but are not easier.

  • I will be on the 2nd Floor of the Child Development Center, Room 210 at noon on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • There are 3 computers in that room where we can comfortably work out any online issues that arise.
  • Please make an appointment, in case I have a meeting I must attend. (At least 24 hours in advance via email is best.)

Our D2L Course site will open by the first day of the semester.

See you online!

Jo-Ann Foley
Behavioral & Social Science Division
Sacramento City College

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Online Class- Mandatory Orientation Meetings

ONLINE CLASS- Mandatory Orientation:
Click on the ORIENTATIONS link for the meeting dates and times.

  • You are welcome to attend ANY of my orientations.

Prior to our Orientation:

In addition to the course orientation, students will complete the assigned reading, video series, discussions, activities, exams, and participate online using discussion boards in Desire-2-Learn (D2L).

CAN’T ATTEND the specific orientation for your class?
You can attend an orientation for one of my other courses.
Let me know and remember to sign in.

D2L Access Link:
D2L Student Resources:

Textbook- Digital Access

REVEL for Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology is the digital text you’ll be using to access assignments throughout the semester.

To access your materials, follow the link address (unique to this course) below.

1. Go to:

2. Sign in or create a Pearson Account.

3. Click ‘View access options’ to redeem your access code or buy instant access.

4. Temporary access option for financial aid is available.

REVEL for Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology illuminates cultural, biological, physiological, emotional, cognitive, economic, and social aspects of aging. A useful guide to a range of disciplines, REVEL for Aging Matters helps readers of all educational backgrounds understand the dynamic interactions between older people and their environments.

*If you choose to use a hard copy of the text, it is your responsibility to compare your edition with the current text for updated information and reorganization of the material.

The text is available for:


Reading: New editions of the text are at the following Reserve Desks, (2-hour Maximum)

*If you choose to use a different edition of the text, it is your responsibility to compare your text with the current text for updated information and reorganization of the material.

Course Information & Syllabus

Week 1 Assignment


  • Your first assignment is to update your City College Gmail (and/or forward your City College Gmail to an account you use regularly).
  • Complete the D2L Free Sample Class and take it’s Final Exam.
  • Submit the D2L Sample Class- Certificate of Completion to our HSN Class Dropbox, after it is emailed to you.
  • Take the Sociology of Aging Syllabus Quiz
  • View “Prayer About Getting Old”
  • Read Chapter- 1 The Older Population in the United States
  • Read Chapter 2- Global Aging and Older Immigrants in the United States
  • Videos
  • Write Myths & Realities of Aging Essay:
    After reading the textbook and viewing the videos, write an essay considering the following questions: 

    1. Explain how and why attitudes toward older people have changed over time.
    2. Discuss the impact of the changing age structure on society.
    3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of longitudinal and cross-sectional methods of studying aging.
    4. Describe and “debunk” five common myths about aging and older adults.

      • Memory loss and senility are inevitable and irreversible effects of aging
      • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia
      • As we age, we become mentally weaker
      • Sexuality is a common loss in old age
    5. What kind of information did you gain from watching the video?
    6. How did the experiences of the older adults in the video affected your personal view of aging.

    Format of the essay? 1-2 pages (minimum). Double-spaced is fine. At the top of page 1 type your name plus the name of the assignment/video.

    Cite your sources. Separate citation pages and title pages are not necessary.

    Remember to save your paper as an rtf, doc or docx file before submitting it to the Dropbox.

  • Older Adult Interview: “What Is Your Aging IQ?”

    Prior to doing this activity complete the assigned reading, watch the videos and thoroughly read the instructions for the interview below:

    What’s Your Aging IQ – Quiz

    We all know someone who is an “elder.” (If you need a definition of “elders,” they are someone who is at least 65-years-old and is 15 years older than you.”) It might be a grandparent, a neighbor, or maybe the person behind the counter at the dry cleaners.

    Do you really know what it means to be “old?” Do you know what older people are concerned about, how they can get the most out of their lives, and what normal aging really is?

    Take the “What’s Your Aging IQ? Quiz:
    In the “What’s Your Aging IQ” activity there are several very short stories, each followed by a few related questions. Some are multiple-choice, some are true/false, and some yes/no. Click on the button to the left of the answer you think is the right one. Then click the “Submit answer” button to see how you did.
    ~From the National Institute on Aging

    1. Arrange to spend an hour or two with a person who is 65 or older. Make sure the older adult understands that you will be discussing some questions about aging and sharing perceptions about it.
      • Before the meeting, take “What is Your Aging I.Q.?” Compare your answers with those provided. There are links to the quiz on this page….
    2. During the meeting, have the interviewee review “What is Your Aging I.Q.?” Consider each question together and discuss the “correct” answer. Bring your textbook in case either of you wants to read more about the topic. If either, or both of you answered a question incorrectly, discuss which events or beliefs may have led you to this incorrect answer.
    3. If you go off topic a bit that is fine. Let the conversation flow between you and your interviewee.

    Write an essay after completing the Interview Activity:
    Describe your discussion.
    How well each of you did on the quiz?

    Use the questions below as a guide for your essay:

    • What discussion ensued between the two of you?
    • How well did both of you do on the quiz?
    • Which questions did both of you answer correctly? How did you know the answers to these questions?
    • Which questions did both of you answer incorrectly? Why did you answer them that way and why?
    • What discussion did these questions stimulate between the two of you?
    • Which questions did you answer differently?
    • What might account for any differences in your answers?
    • Which events or beliefs led you to answer this way?
    • How has this interview affected your personal view of aging and older adults?

    Format of the essay? 1-2 pages (minimum). Double-spaced is fine. At the top of page 1 type your name plus the name of the assignment/video.

    Cite your sources. Separate citation pages and title pages are not necessary.

    Remember to save your paper as an rtf, doc or docx file before submitting it to the Dropbox.

  • Discussion Board
    • Self-Introduction
    • Resources for Our Older-Adult Population
  • Review Chapters 1 & 2
          • Key Terms
          • Outline
          • Powerpoint
          • Summary