Texas Aging and Longevity Center
Texas Aging and Longevity Center

Spring 2021 Graduate Courses Offered by TALC Faculty

End-of-Life Communication and Decision-Making Seminar by Dr. Jung Kwak

Wednesdays 4:00-7:00pm, web-based

Department: School of Nursing

Course Number: N395

Course Description: There are growing and diverse needs for professionals with core knowledge and understanding of end-of-life care research and best practice approaches.  The seminar is designed to help students acquire an understanding of the scholarly research and knowledge associated with decision-making and communication at the end of life across diverse populations. We will examine theory, research, and practice related to various topics such as death and dying, loss, grief, and bereavement, shared decision-making, and family caregiving, communication and conflict.  These topics will be examined in the psychosocial, spiritual and cultural contexts.  Students with graduate standing from various disciplines such as nursing, medicine, social work, anthropology, psychology and communication.

Contact Dr. Jung Kwak at jkwak@nursing.utexas.edu for more information.


From Childhood to Widowhood: A Woman’s Journeys by Dr. Sandi Rosenbloom

Thursday 6:00 ‑ 9:00 pm, WMB 6.126, HYBRID (mixed web-based and in-person course)

Department: Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture

Course Number: CRP 388 

Course Description: Parents treat female children differently than they treat comparable male children; they refuse to let little girls travel independently, discourage them from walking and cycling entirely or without adult supervision, and train them to be more fearful of their outdoor environments—patterns that continue throughout their lives. Women at every life cycle have different travel patterns than comparable men in response to continued societal norms about their appropriate travel behavior, differential household and domestic responsibilities, lower access to better travel modes, and the significant safety and security risks they face in all modes of travel. Superimposed on all these patterns are profound and persistent differences in the financial and other resources available to women and men—women make substantially less money than men at most stages in their lives, are more likely to have low incomes, be single parents, be renters as opposed to owning their homes, live alone as they age, and not have any retirement income other than social security/government subsidies.

The course’s overall objective is to identify comparative patterns of travel over the life course, as well as addressing the causes, and where possible, the solutions to unfair disparities between women and men’s travel patterns, needs, and preferences. We will also examine the often comparable travel patterns and constraints facing the LGBTQ+ community. The course has two major foci—the first is the equity and social justice implications of these significant gender differences. The second is to consider the other planning implications—such differences require planners to be aware of the diverse needs for which they must plan by ensuring that transportation services, infrastructure development and maintenance, the built environment, training, and traffic enforcement activities, respond appropriately to all travelers who will use the transportation system.

Contact Dr. Rosenbloom at SRosenbloom@utexas.edu for more information.


Graduate Seminar – Developmental Neuroscience of Human Behavior by Dr. Maria Arredondo

Mondays 1:00-4:00pm, web-based

Department: Human Development and Family Sciences

Course Number: HDF 394

Course Description: This is a graduate-level seminar that covers current issues in developmental cognitive & affective neuroscience across the lifespan. We will start by considering current theoretical perspectives on brain and cognitive development, followed by a review of neuroimaging methods. Topics to be covered include, brain development, neural plasticity, neurogenetics, cultural neuroscience, parenting & infant socio-emotional development, adolescence and risk taking, reward and eating regulation, language development and bilingualism, literacy and dyslexia, math and dyscalculia, anxiety and depression, executive function and cognitive training, social development and autism, cognitive neuroscience and aging.

Contact Dr. Arredondo at maria.arredondo@austin.utexas.edu for more information.