SOCY 7362X The Sociology of Aging
(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as SOC 753.
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3 hours; 3 credits
Changing demography of aging and emergence of the "new old." Comparison with the emergence of childhood and adolescence in earlier phases of Western history. Problem of adjusting theory and research to the rapidly changing character of older populations. Alternative perspectives on the study of aging. Continuity and discontinuity over the life cycle. Aging, social change, and social isolation. Contrasting views on the prospects of an "age irrelevant" society.