SOCW 2603 Basics of Senior Care

Credits: 1

Number of Weeks: 8

Typically offered in: Spring

This practical course accentuates how to develop local support systems for the elderly. Students will learn about the challenges seniors face in everyday life and particularly as they approach the end-of-life stage, including such issues as dementia, hoarding, loss of mobility, planned moves, decisions on end-of-life care, medical support and alternative healthcare approaches for seniors.

Topics also include meeting the spiritual needs of this frail population, as well as meeting the needs of caregivers and implementing support systems for them. Practicums, care plans and short papers will be graded elements of this course.

Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:


% of Final Grade

Forum posts 20%
Journals 20%
Midterm Paper 25%
Final Paper 35%
TOTAL 100%


Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 5–6 hours per week to complete their weekly course work. This course consists of eight units and students are expected to complete one unit per week.

Textbook Information: SOCW 2603 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]

To take this course, you must be a credit or audit student in the SU Online School of Theology and Spiritual Studies, and it must be a required or elective component of your program of study. Click here to learn more about the School of Theology. Interested in applying to the school? Visit our Application Process page to apply today!

This information is subject to change without notice.


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