Gerontology (GTY)

GTY 110. Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Volunteer Experience. (1; maximum 3)

OMA is an intergenerational visual art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in the belief that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. Its approach is to capitalize on what people with dementia can still do. OMA currently offers its program at 15 sites that serve people with dementia in long-term care facilities, adult day centers and those living at home. OMA has four primary goals: 1) to promote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities; 2) to provide staff and volunteers with opportunities to build close relationships with people with dementia; 3) to show the public the creative self-expression capacities of people with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork; and 4) to contribute to the scholarly literature on dementia care and the arts. In this Service-Learning course you will volunteer weekly in the OMA program. IC.

GTY 154. Big Ideas in Aging. (3) (MPF, MPT)

Overview of the processes of aging, with an emphasis on "big questions" such as why does aging matter, how do we study aging, why do people age in different ways, what are the diverse work and living conditions of older adults, and how do formal and informal programs influence the aging experience? IIC. CAS-C.

GTY 177. Independent Studies. (0-5)

GTY 244. Pre-Internship in Gerontology. (2)

This course students develop their gerontological voice and prepare for their capstone internship. Topics include networking and careers in the aging network, development of short- and long-term professional goals, preparing a resume and cover letter, marketing one’s self as a gerontologist, and professional and practice ethics.
Prerequisites: GTY 154 and either GTY 318, GTY 354 or GTY 365.

GTY 260. Global Aging. (3) (MPF, MPT)

Integrates bio-demographic and socio-cultural approaches to the study of global aging by drawing on cross-cultural quantitative and qualitative data including ethnographic records. Developed and developing countries are compared and contrasted in terms of a wide range of issues related to aging, from global to local. The phenomenon of global aging is explored and addressed through active engagement with international organizations and individuals. IIIB. CAS-C.

GTY 265. Critical Inquiry: Penny Lecture Series. (2)

Weekly lectures given by different Black World Studies Affiliates. Credit/No Credit.
Cross-listed with BWS/DST/SJS/SOC.

GTY 277. Independent Studies. (0-5)

GTY 310. Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Leadership Experience. (2; maximum 6)

OMA is an intergenerational visual art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in the belief that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. Its approach is to capitalize on what people with dementia can still do. OMA currently offers its program at 15 sites that serve people with dementia in long-term care facilities, adult day centers and those living at home. OMA has four primary goals: 1) to promote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities; 2) to provide staff and volunteers with opportunities to build close relationships with people with dementia; 3) to show the public the creative self-expression capacities of people with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork; and 4) to contribute to the scholarly literature on dementia care and the arts. In this Service-Learning course you will have a leadership role in OMA.
Prerequisite: GTY 110.

GTY 318. Social Forces and Aging. (3) (MPT)

Examines the social forces that shape the diverse experiences of aging for individuals and the social structures in which they live. Particular emphasis is given to sociological issues such as age stratification, the life course, demographic change and its effects, and societal aging as a force in social change. IC.
Prerequisite: SOC 151 or SOC 153 or SOC/SJS 165; or SOC/DST/EDP 272; or GTY 154.
Cross-listed with SOC 318.

GTY 340. Internship. (0-20)

GTY 354. Issues & Controversies in Aging. (3)

Enables students to explore issues such as end-of-life, theories of functional decline, responsibility for care of older people, and other sometimes controversial topics.
Prerequisite: GTY 154.

GTY 357. Medical Sociology. (3)

Sociological study of illness, patients, medical professionals, and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services.
Prerequisite: SOC 151, SOC 153 or GTY 154.
Cross-listed with SOC 357.

GTY 362. Applied Research in Gerontology. (3)

Students will apply the principles of research methods to topics that are directly relevant to agencies/organizations that plan for/provide services for older adults. Throughout the semester, agency liaisons will provide perspective on questions of importance to their organizations, and reinforce how research findings are used in the organization. A specific example based on existing data related to aging services will be used throughout the semester to illustrate all steps in the applied research process, from conceptualization to reporting findings. Students will work in teams to create an applied research question, analyze existing data to answer the question, and present their findings.
Prerequisites: GTY 154 and SOC 262 or permission of instructor.

GTY 365. Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology. (3)

Provides practical information about working in programs serving older people. Topics include social policy and old age, health policy and programs, federal economic reform, grantsmanship, program planning and coordination, and professions in the field of aging.
Prerequisite: GTY 154.

GTY 377. Independent Studies. (0-5)

GTY 440P. Gerontology Practice Capstone Internship. (1-16; maximum 16)

Through field placement and a weekly seminar, students discuss their field site organization and professional challenges. GTY 440P is for students who complete a practice-based internship.
Prerequisites: GTY 154, GTY 318, GTY 365, STA 261, SOC 262 and either GTY 362 or GTY 465.

GTY 440R. Gerontology Research Capstone Internship. (6)

Through field placement and a weekly seminar, students discuss their field site organization and professional challenges. GTY 440R is for students who complete a research-based internship.

GTY 456/GTY 556. Aging & Health. (3)

As individuals grow older, they experience a variety of physical and social changes that influence their health and well-being. In this course, topics such as age-related changes in health and illness, psychosocial and behavioral factors that contribute to those changes, and health promotion and disease management among older adults are explored.
Prerequisite: GTY 154.

GTY 460/GTY 560. Selected Topics in Gerontology. (2-4; maximum 10)

Draws upon current literature and research for in-depth consideration of selected special topics in gerontology.
Prerequisite: GTY 154.

GTY 465. Policies & Programs in an Aging Society. (3)

This course examines the policy debates faced by the United States as it becomes an aging society. Organized around such topics as income maintenance and health care, the seminar will describe and debate policy issues that arise as the older population in the U.S. continues to increase.
Prerequisites: GTY 154 and GTY 365 or permission of instructor.

GTY 466/GTY 566. Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging. (3) (MPT)

Examination of the central importance of close relationships in aduthood. Topics include long-term intimate relationships, sexuality/sexual behavior, dating, singlehood, divorce, widowhood, parent-adult child relationships, siblings grandparenthood, friendships, retirement/finanial concerns, caregiving, and policy issues impacting close relationships in adulthood.
Cross-listed with FSW 466/FSW 566/566.

GTY 477. Independent Studies. (0-5)

GTY 478. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Chronic Illness. (4)

Examines racial/ethnic disparities in chronic diseases through lecture modules and secondary data analysis of large-scale survey data. Lecture topics include biological, psychological, and social aspects of disease; clinical and self-management of the disease; and ethnic/racial disparities in health and health care access.
Prerequisites: GTY 154 or SOC 151, and STA 261, SOC 262; or permission of instructor.

GTY 479/GTY 579. Research on Inequality in Aging & Health. (4)

This course examines health inequalities, unequal access, and usage of health care as they relate to aging. Topics include health conditions, social environments, caregiving, and access to and utilization of health services and resources. The emphasis is on intersections of various inequality systems (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender) and how age interacts with them to produce and reinforce health inequalities.

GTY 602. Perspectives in Gerontology. (3)

Overview of theories and major issues in social gerontology including the development of the field.

GTY 603. Psychology of Aging in Everyday Life. (3)

Discusses major conceptual approaches to the psychological study of adult development in the domains of cognition, personality, and social-emotional functioning, using the theoretical framework of life-span developmental psychology. Explores strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of important empirical studies and their implications for theories of normative and successful aging.

GTY 605. Gerontology Proseminar A,B,C,D. (1)

Personal, academic, and professional development of MGS students. Exposure to faculty research and mentoring; external educational opportunities; portfolio development; formation of a collaborative writing group. A and C offered fall semester; B and D offered spring semester.

GTY 608. The Logic of Inquiry. (4)

Presents detailed information about, and experience with, aspects of research design in social gerontology including conceptualization, measurement, sampling, analysis, and reporting. Examines inductive and deductive approaches to research questions and the use of national electronic data sets.
Prerequisite: admission into the MGS or MPSG program or permission of the instructor.

GTY 609. Qualitative Research Methods. (3)

Provides an introduction to the paradigmatic assumptions of qualitative research methods and strategies of data collection, analysis, and writing. Focuses on research questions and issues in gerontology.

GTY 611. Linking Research and Practice. (3)

Application of principles of research methods to agency-based evaluation of programs. Focuses on the uses and design of program evaluation research, including program initiation, process evaluation, and outcome assessment. Includes a component on grant-writing and budgeting for evaluation activities.
Prerequisites: GTY 602, GTY 608.

GTY 615. Readings in Gerontology. (1-5; maximum 6)

Directed readings on selected topics in gerontology, for pass/fail grade.

GTY 620. Supervised Research or Reading on Selected Topics in Gerontology. (1-5; maximum 6)

Research on selected topics or problems in gerontology.

GTY 641. Organizations and the Aging Enterprise. (3)

Prepares graduate students for the practicum. Topics include types of aging-related organizations; organizational theory and behavior; organizational analysis; and professionalism (e.g., goal setting, ethical issues).

GTY 667. Policy and Politics of Aging. (3)

Focuses on major policy areas including income security, health care, long-term care, housing, and social services.
Cross-listed with FSW.

GTY 676. Program Management in Aging. (3)

Analysis of administrative responsibilities in programs and services in the field of aging.
Prerequisite: GTY 602 or GTY 667 or permission of instructor.

GTY 686. Global Health and Health Care Systems. (3)

Focuses on concepts, issues, and research addressed to health care systems from a comparative standpoint. Explores the uniform and the variable components of a health care system, the product of health care systems, how health care systems reflect and promote the values and institutions of a society, and how the major components of modern medicine relate to each other and to pre-modern or alternative components.
Prerequisite: GTY 602 or permission of instructor.

GTY 700. Critical Inquiry In Gerontology. (1-6)

Guided independent research required as a culminating, integrative experience for MGS/MPGS students. Students will design and execute a project that involves either original data collection, secondary data analysis, or critical analysis of policies and programs in the field.

GTY 702. Knowledge Construction & Advanced Theory. (3)

Examines the epistemological and ideological underpinnings of knowledge construction and explores the reciprocal relationship between theories and dominant research questions with particular emphasis on theory construction in gerontology. Builds on and reexamines issues and topics discussed in GTY 602 and GTY 608.

GTY 705. Teaching in Gerontology 1. (1)

This first of three courses in the Teaching Gerontology series introduces students to key elements in designing a gerontological communication for diverse audiences, explains the role of undergraduate GTY courses and curricula at Miami University, and familiarizes students with the basic knowledge they will need (e.g., student learning outcomes, core content, expectations) to design and implement their first independently taught course at Miami University. Students also begin to develop their teaching portfolio.

GTY 706. Teaching in Gerontology 2. (1)

This second of three courses in the Teaching Gerontology series introduces students to contemporary issues and best practices in undergraduate gerontological education. Students continue to develop the teaching portfolio they began in GTY 705.
Prerequisite: GTY 705.

GTY 707. Teaching in Gerontology 3. (1)

This third of three courses in the Teaching Gerontology series introduces students to professorial ethics and good teaching practices, gerontological pedagogy, and the assessment of student learning outcomes in gerontology. Students continue to add artifacts to the teaching portfolio they began in GTY 705 and continued to develop in GTY 706.
Prerequisite: GTY 705 and GTY 706.

GTY 708. Quantitative Methods and Statistics. (4)

Explores basic designs of survey and experimental research in aging. Discusses issues of measurement, sampling, causality, the concept of the sampling distribution as the basis for inferential statistics, and introductory and intermediate statistical techniques for continuous and categorical data.
Prerequisite: GTY 608 or permission of the instructor.

GTY 709. Advanced Qualitative Research & Methods. (4)

Builds on GTY 609 by focusing on the major genres in qualitative research, including participant observation, organizational case studies, phenomenological and narrative interpretation, participatory action research, and qualitative evaluation/policy research. Stresses practical mastery of strategies and skills in particular genres, according to students' dissertation interests.

GTY 715. Readings in Gerontology. (1-5; maximum 6)

Directed readings on selected topics in gerontology for doctoral students. Credit/no-credit only.

GTY 718. Statistical Modeling in Gerontology. (3)

Focuses on statistical modeling techniques for continuous and categorical outcomes in aging research. Examines multivariate techniques based on the generalized linear model with opportunities for application using large scale gerontological datasets with special focus on longitudinal data analysis.
Prerequisite: GTY 708 or permission of instructor.

GTY 720. Individual Investigation. (1-5; maximum 6)

Advanced research on selected topics and problems in gerontology.

GTY 740. Graduate Practicum in Gerontology. (1-12; maximum 12)

Field experience for graduate students interested in research experience or applied aspects of gerontology. Students assigned to a program involving research activities, service provision, or administration of programs related to the aging and aged populations.
Prerequisite: GTY 602 and permission of instructor.

GTY 745. Sociology of Aging. (3)

Examines the sociological perspective, its contributions to social gerontology, and its application to issues facing an aging society. Reviews the role of major sociological theories and frameworks (such as structural functionalism, exchange, and conflict theories) in the development of social gerontology.

GTY 747. Demography & Epidemiology of Aging. (3)

Explores fertility, mortality, and global aging; distribution of health and illness within a population; age-based migration and its impact on locations of origin and destination; variations in health and mortality by gender, race, ethnicity, and social class; impact of health and mortality patterns for individuals, society and public policy.

GTY 750. Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Aging Research. (1-4; maximum 20)

Examines advanced quantitative methodology techniques in aging research. Specific special topical sections focus on particular quantitative methodologies including those techniques needed for working with longitudinal data and those that address issues of age, period, and cohort effects. Some sections have data analysis laboratory requirements.
Prerequisite: GTY 718 or permission of instructor.

GTY 790. Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Research in Gerontology. (1-12; maximum 12)

GTY 850. Doctoral Dissertation Research. (1-16; maximum 60)

Prerequisite: successful completion of comprehensive examination.