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Course Requirements

GER 120 Case Management (3)
A study of the methods and practices utilized by health and human services case managers working in a variety of social service resource settings such as hospitals, daycare centers, senior centers, non-profit outreach programs, and convalescent facilities. Fundamental business management and social interaction skills will be highlighted.

GER 181 Public Policy and Aging (3)
This course will examine the origins and development of major U.S. public policy and social welfare programs as they apply to the elderly population with a focus on historical context contemporary issues, and diversity implications. Students will analyze the population's unique needs based on emerging issues and controversies.

GER 184 Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment (3)
This course will provide the foundational knowledge of working with a diverse aging population in the context of their social environment. It will engage the students' sociological imagination through a multisystemic viewpoint and deepen their understanding of the impact of the environment on individuals in the aging stage of their life course.

GER 188 Caregiving and Adaptations for Elders (3)
This course addresses the multiple challenges caregivers must address in serving the needs of elders. Caregiving, service modalities, and care options are examined. In addition, environmental adaptations that provide optimal conditions for sustained independent living are presented.

GER 189 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
A cross-cultural exploration of aging as experienced in the United States. Ageism societal attitudes regarding the elderly, and responses to the aging process, both from the individual and social perspective, are examined. Cultural variation and responses to aging and the social, political, and economic implications of a rapidly expanding aging population in the U.S. and in many regions of the world, will be analyzed. Resource and service availability for the elderly--locally, regionally, and nationally--will also be assessed.

GER 192 Thanatology (3)
A multi-disciplinary and comparative approach to death and dying. The course focus will consist of historical and literary themes, along with cultural responses which have provided understanding, coping, and meaning for the death and dying process.

GER 197 Gerontology Internship* (3)
The application of the major's program of study through an internship experience. A minimum of 120 hours of on-site experience is required along with practicum attendance and participation. Internship site to be selected and mutually agreed upon by student and advisor. Open to majors only and to be taken in senior year of study. Prerequisite: GER 189.

SOC 13 Anatomy for Social Services (3)
An introduction to the structure of the human body. This course provides a basic understanding of the human organism and explores the relationship between psychosocial functioning and biological functioning. It is designed for those preparing for the social services professions such as social work. Open to Human Services Sociology, Social Work and Gerontology majors only.

SOC 106 Introduction to Psychotherapy (3)
An introduction to the practice of psychotherapy for those going into counseling, psychotherapy therapy or life coaching. The class introduces the field while giving some practical ideas and tools that can also be used by teachers therapists, youth counselors and church counselors who will work directly with clients. A comparative survey of the principal theories in use today.

SOC 112 Medical Sociology (3)
An examination of contemporary social phenomena associated with health and illness and the dissemination of health care, both nationally and internationally. Analysis of regional, national and international data on the health status of a variety of populations will be examined. In addition, the intersection of health, healthcare delivery, demography, economic trends, and the swift pace of changing technology--both medical and non-medical--will be explored. Societal implications for the future will be discussed. Fieldwork required.

SOC 117 Quantitative Research Methods (3)
An introduction to and application of quantitative methods used in social science research. A research project will be undertaken. Current computer applications used in research will be applied. A human rights course. Prerequisite: SOC 1. GS-VIIA

SOC 121 Human Services Ethics (3)
An examination of the values, strategies, and skills that provide a framework for ethical decisions, ethical behaviors, and an ethical climate in the human services. The NASW Code of Ethics and social justice will provide the context for the professional development of social workers, site managers, and human services leaders.

SOC 128 Introduction to Social Work (3)
An introduction to the basic theories and practice in the field of social work. Course will emphasize human diversity (including cultural gender, age, SES, personality, geographic locale and special populations such as victims of violence and the homeless), problem-solving and intervention modalities that can be used for individuals and families. Interactional processes between client and social worker will also be a major focus, along with assessment, planning practice actions and evaluation methods.

*Internships can only be completed in certain states where MSMU has authorization.  Please consult with the department chair for more information if you plan to conduct your internship outside of Californi