Illness and health care utilization among the elderly, comparison to other populations, gender and race differences, medicare and medicaid, individual adjustment to aging and illness, social support for sick elderly, the decision to institutionalize, policy debate over euthanasia.
Sociological and psychological persepctives on aging, from adolescence through old age and death; demography of human aging; social problems caused by increased longevity; policy issues.
Biological, cultural, behavioral, and social arenas of human development throughout the human life span, with emphasis on the comparison of socially constructed age groups. Examination of age groups in terms of their unique ethical values and challenges, as well as the social dilemmas caused by the extension of life expectancy.
This course explores the interface between sociology and health-related issues, including analysis of macro, mezzo, and micro perspectives as they apply to health and illness. Examination of the social and cultural context in which health care in the United States is delivered, particularly in terms of racial and age disparities, as well as disparities in rural and urban healthcare settings. Students will primarily serve in health care facilities related to aging, death and dying. Organizations will include the veterans hospital, local nursing homes, and hospice care facilities.
35 million refugees and internally displaced persons in the world. A comparative historical overview of international refugee policy and law dealing with this growing population. Students will grapple with the ethical challenges posed by humanitarian intervention on behalf of refugees and the often unintended consequences of such policies. Students examine case studies to determine how different models for dealing with refugee resettlement affect the life chances of refugees.
Brief history of hospice movement in US and Russia. Examine key moments in end of life issues in each country; focus on social attitudes to death and dying and their effects on end of life care. Sources include memoirs, fiction, theoretical works, and policy documents.
This course looks at places of religious conflict around the world. Students will work with local refugee populations who have fled from conflict situations as well as Kids 4 Peace, a nonprofit that brings children together from different religious backgrounds.
In this course, students will study the understanding of good, evil, and the moral life in Judaism, and acquire a familiarity with the general Jewish approach to ethics from antiquity to modern times.
An introduction to ethics in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, addressing moral and ethical dilemmas within the varied sources of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the diversity of views and opinions within the text, and passages often regarded as problematic for modern readers.
Social Entrepreneurship in Action is a leadership course in applied social innovation. The course provides students with knowledge, analytical competence, and leadership skills important to becoming a changemaker.