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    Otterbein University
  Nov 20, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

SYE 4005 - Living in the Middle Age: The Sandwich Generation

Hours: 4
In this course, students examine the roles of people with both children and aging parents, those in what’s known as the “sandwich generation.” Calling on several perspectives, including their own experiences and education, the course asks students to use sociology, psychology, literature, communication, science, nursing, education and business to consider the social, emotional political, and financial issues facing people in the middle. Students must be active participants in the class, committed to acting upon what they learn. Students study academic materials, investigate agencies, practice ethnographic description, and work together to propose solutions to the problems and issues they themselves discover and consider important. Students also reflect often on the course theme and on their own life stages and transitions as they study and observe the life stages and transitions of others. (Students need not be in the “sandwich generation” themselves to enroll in the course.)