Lifespan Development: Critical Questions for Aging and the Lifespan

Earn a Certificate of Completion.

The course is designed to address real world questions about aging and the natural progression of life, taking answers from diverse subjects in the field of gerontology and providing applied contexts. Theoretical models will be utilized to explore lifespan opportunities and encourage debate, challenging preconceptions about aging societies. The course will have a central theme of application and employability, demonstrating the application of knowledge and the pathways to employment after education.

PROGRAM DATES
December 19, 2022
January 30, 2023
February 27, 2023
March 13, 2023
March 27, 2023
April 10, 2023
April 24, 2023

FORMAT AND COURSE LENGTH
Combined coursework of recorded lectures, readings, assignments and chat-room discussions is approximately 20-25 -hours to be completed at the student’s own pace. Students are expected to complete the course in two to four weeks.

ELIGIBILITY
Students must be at least 14 years old or older and enrolled in a high school or secondary program. International applicants must demonstrate English proficiency.

TUITION
$1990 USD
$35 application fee

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Featured Topics

  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Demography
  • Biology
  • Social Policy
  • Nutrition

Sub-topics

  • Dementia
  • Caregiving
  • Pension & Financial Planning
  • Physiological Change Retirement
  • Ageism
  • Loneliness & Social Isolation
  • Aging Society & End of Life Care

Learning Outcomes
Following the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Relate the core biological, psychological and sociological approaches within gerontology to applied lifespan contexts
  • Develop critical and analytical skills, evidencing the ability to distinguish between research and opinion
  • Identify application of gerontology within new and emerging career areas, demonstrating the understanding of aging as a central tenet across sectors
  • Cultivate an appreciation of research, the fundamentals of conducting research and the importance of evidence based policy

Format and Course Length
The course is structured around 5 critical questions, addressing the current applied areas of research within Gerontology. Each of the topics comprises specialized areas where students will be exposed to lecture style content, industry interviews, expert panels and audio-visual resources to create multi-modality learning. Recorded content will be presented alongside live discussion based delivery to allow students the opportunity to share and explore their own learning. Continuous and varied, summative and formative assessment will enable students to gauge their own development and knowledge acquisition whilst compiling a portfolio to both demonstrate this and also provide a resource for future reference.

Combined coursework of recorded lectures, readings, assignments and chat-room discussions is approximately 20-25 -hours to be completed at the student’s own pace. Students are expected to complete the course in two to four weeks.

FEATURED FACULTY

Paul Nash
Paul Nash, PhD Instructional Associate Professor of Gerontology
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

In this course, you’ll be taking class with USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty member, Paul Nash, PhD. Nash gained his doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Glamorgan whilst working as a researcher at Swansea University in the Centre for Innovative Aging. He has coordinated national research projects in Wales (UK), working across sectors with private organizations, the public sector and older people to create publications and reports to influence government policy.

Nash has held several leadership positions in the UK including being the Honorary Secretary for the British Society of Gerontology (2016/17) and Chair of Trustees for Age Cymru Swansea Bay (2013-2017). He continues to work closely with colleagues and organizations in the UK to continue the ‘older person-centered approach that directs both his teaching and research philosophies.

Informing his teaching practice is the commitment to research, epitomized by his work on ageism with the World Health Organization (WHO). Nash is actively pursuing research on interventions to address both implicit and explicit ageist prejudice as well as continually developing challenging curriculum to reflect the dynamic nature of the field.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants who submit a completed application can expect an admission decision within 3 – 5 business days.

  • Include basic contact information from you and your parent(s) or guardian.
  • Tell us why you want to take the course and a little about yourself through a short-answer essay.
  • Share a piece of writing, video or social media content that reveals something about yourself (optional).
  • Submit the $35 application fee.
  • Students must be at least 14 years old or older and enrolled in a high school or secondary program.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants are expected to be proficient in English. International students who successfully complete an online course will receive a digital Certificate of Completion and by request a USC Pre-College Program transcript at no additional cost.

PROGRAM START DATE AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

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PROGRAM START DATESAPPLICATION & TUITION DEADLINE
Monday, December 19, 2022Monday, December 12, 2022
Monday, January 30, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Monday, March 13, 2023Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Monday, March 27, 2023Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Monday, April 10, 2023Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Monday, April 24, 2023Wednesday, April 19, 2023

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS

Application fees and enrollment deposits are nonrefundable. All course cancellations requests must be made in writing to precollegeonline@usc.edu. Any tuition paid to the university will be refunded, not including fees and deposits, if requested by the application deadline for the related course.

The university will not refund tuition for Pre-College Online Exploration courses for students who are removed from the program due to a violation of our Letter of Understanding for Online Participation and our Student Code of Conduct.

SCHOLARSHIPS

USC Pre-College Programs is proud to honor full scholarships for our Online Exploration Courses to students enrolled in the summer session of the USC Leslie and William Morrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (USC NAI). Qualified and interested students who are enrolled in grades 9-12 can send an email for application and enrollment instructions to precollegeonline@usc.edu.