Aging, Health, and Justice


Course Synopsis

Course Overview

DESCRIPTION: The 2017 Population Projections note that by 2035 there will be 78 million people over 65 years of age; a number greater than the expected number of people under 18 years of age. How does this statistic drive the dialogue of who is “old” and what frames “ageism”? This course will explore the various dimensions of aging: chronological, biological, psychological, and social through the diverse lenses of health and justice. A broad background of the social justice and health equity challenges of aging will be addressed through online lectures, readings, multimedia content, and interactive discussions.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course the students are expected to:

  1. Define the dimensions of aging:  chronological, biological, psychological, and social.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of health equity issues in aging.
  3. Describe how the biggest challenges of social justice in aging.
  4. Illustrate how solutions to the health equity social justice challenges of aging.

Course Requirements


Discussion Posts (8 x 5 pts)


Response to Discussion Posts (15 x 1pt)


Combating Social Injustice in the Aged in Action (3 x 10pts)


Final Reflection Paper






Mar 27, 2020FriWeek 1 Discussion Post - Due Thurs 3/26 by 11:59pmdue by 05:59AM
Apr 03, 2020FriWeek 2 Discussion Post - Health Issues and Agingdue by 05:59AM
Apr 10, 2020FriWeek 3 Discussion Post - Social Justice Issues in Agingdue by 05:59AM
Apr 10, 2020FriCombating Social Injustice in the Aged in Action #1due by 05:59AM
Apr 17, 2020FriWeek 4 Discussion Post Due: Thursday 4//16 at 11:59pm due by 05:59AM
May 01, 2020FriWeek 5 Discussion Post - *** Due next Thursday 4/30/20 and 11:59pm***due by 05:59AM
May 08, 2020FriWeeks 6 and 7 Combined Discussion Post Due Th 5/7/20 @11:59p due by 05:59AM
May 12, 2020TueCombating Social Injustice in the Aged in Action #2 Due Monday 5/11/20 by 11:59pmdue by 05:59AM
May 19, 2020TueCombating Social Injustice in the Aged in Action #3 Due Mon 5/18/20 by 11:59pdue by 05:59AM
May 19, 2020TueWeek 8 Discussion Post Due: Monday 5/18due by 05:59AM
May 26, 2020TueFinal Reflection Paper Due: Monday 5/25/2020 11:59pmdue by 05:59AM