Please note that courses listed are subject to change and may not be offered every term.
GERO 1016: Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today *
This course introduces the subject of aging as it is found in the Canadian context. Starting with a demographic analysis of Canada’s aging population as well as a discussion of ageism & the marginalization of the older adult, the course will examine why we age, what impact aging has on the person & how we attempt to adapt to aging in our relationships & life styles. Most importantly, the course will attempt to develop a positive understanding of aging.
GERO 1017: Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada *
This course will examine the various ways the older adult are supported & cared for in Canada. Health care, long term care, kinship, social policy, housing & transportation, leisure & spirituality are topics that will be covered as they relate to the older adult. As well, the course will familiarize students with possible careers in the field of applied Gerontology.
GERO 2016: Optimal Aging I *
This course outlines optimal aging in terms of historical, cultural, psychological, physical, & personality theories or perspectives of aging. Emphasis will be made on recognizing older adults as a heterogeneous population which is entitled to supportive environments.
GERO 2017: Optimal Aging II *
This course builds on the foundation established in Optimal Aging I by continuing the study of optimal aging in terms of productivity, spirituality, social theories, social supports, sexuality & end-of-life issues. Emphasis will be made on recognizing caregiving & supportive environments in association with aging.
GERO 2206: Men & Aging *
This course examines the dynamics of aging from a male perspective. Issues men face as they age, such as their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, & cultural well-being, are discussed.
GERO 2226: End-of-Life Care with Older Adults *
A review of the history & current practices for end-of-life care/palliative care/hospice care establishes the context of this course. Students will learn of the physical, mental & spiritual concerns of older adults facing their own death or the death of a loved one. Strategies for meeting these concerns will be discussed in terms of non-medical, physical, mental, & spiritual comfort. Additional discussion topics include: family dynamics at the end of life, Advanced Directives, funeral rights, body disposal, bereavement care, & working in a multidisciplinary care environment. The method of instruction involves lectures, films, & guest speakers.
GERO 2246: Art Therapy & Aging
This course introduces students to the use of art therapy with older adults. The history of art therapy as a therapeutic modality & current trends in the field will be critically examined as they relate to the field. Client/patient assessment & the identification of therapeutic goals will be addressed. Relevant factors such as, dementia, end of life issues, the effects of stroke, physical disability, loss/grief, & family dynamics will be explored as they relate to art therapy. The concepts of “best practice,” “the reflective practitioner,” confidentiality & ethical considerations will be examined throughout the course with respect to working with older persons.
GERO 2257: Gerosex I
This course addresses sexuality in later life, including how the biological changes of aging impact on sexuality and health. Issues related to sexually transmitted infections are also addressed, as well as the unique needs and challenges of gay and lesbian older adults.
GERO 3016: Critical Skills for the Gerontologist I *
Students will be provided with a set of skills to enable them to understand older adults & the policies that impact on older adults’ lives. Topics include techniques for managing continuity & change with older adults, policy analysis & development, demographics analysis, professionalism & codes of ethics, legal & ethical issues at end-of-life.
GERO 3017: Critical Skills for the Gerontologist II *
This course is a continuum of GERO 3016 & introduces students to skills necessary when working with older adults. Such skills include interpersonal communication, dealing with behavioral concerns, case assessment, program evaluation, proposal/report writing & how to promote gerontology.
GERO 3106: Theories & Models of Counselling *
The course critically analyzes & reviews current systemic & counseling approaches with particular reference to working with aging persons. The theories & models will address various dimensions of the personality within the context of the social networks of the aged.
GERO 3107: Internship in Gerontology *
This course introduces students to the practice of gerontology through an internship experience in the community. Students will work within settings such as a older adults’ centre, a older adults’ focused program with an agency, or in an older adults’ care facility or residence. The intention of the course is to provide both practical experience & the opportunity for reflection & criticism of gerontological theory.
GERO 3126: Applied Research Methods in Gerontology I
This course provides students with theoretical knowledge & methodological skills necessary to conduct applied research in the field of Gerontology.
GERO 3127: Applied Research Methods in Gerontology II
This course emphasises conducting research in the field of Gerontology & will familiarize students with the issues of older adults & how these might relate especially to rural & northern areas in Canada. Students will be required to conduct an applied research project under the supervision of the course instructor. Participants will design a survey questionnaire, collect & analyze data using SPSS & write a final report.
GERO 3206: Ethnogerontology *
The course examines the aging of minority Canadians. A comparison is made of the aging process in their country of origin & Canada. The reactions of older persons to aging in Canada & their hopes for the future are then assessed.
GERO 3207: Health Challenges in Aging
Examines perceptions of aging held by the older adult family, health professional & community; physical & psychosocial changes; health, health promotion & maintenance, & healthcare policy in relation to quality of life. Students have contact with healthy older adult persons in the community. Class time includes lectures, the use of case studies & student presentations. In seminars, the multidisciplinary group, from its diverse experiences, identifies the issues arising from the interplay between the older adult & society at large.
GERO 3216: The Aging Body *
The course presents a broad biological perspective on aging of the human body from a cellular to a whole body view. It will directly correlate the impact of aging associated tissue, cellular & sub-cellular changes with clinical disease & mental illness as presented in older adults. By the end of this course, students will have developed a deeper understanding of the biology that defines all that is seen & experienced with aging.
GERO 3301: Clinical Gerontology I
An introduction to the concept of the clinical gerontology practitioner as an agent of change. The basic skills of attending & responding are developed. The student learns to demonstrate respect, warmth & genuineness in a one-to-one clinical relationship. The ability to enter the other’s frame of reference is practised & the process of learning how to counsel in different settings is experienced. The student becomes involved in self-examination as a way of defining one’s own personal philosophy or praxis, & is invited to explore the values, beliefs, attitudes & behaviours that impact on the development of helping skills.
GERO 3302: Clinical Gerontology II
A continuation of GERO 3301, with the addition of new core concepts of facilitative self-disclosure, advanced empathy, immediacy & confrontation. Effective helpers are committed to understanding clients as well as to understand the ways in which they experience themselves & the world in general. Effective helpers invite clients to challenge themselves so as to examine new perspectives & to set realistic goals & then act on them. A variety of communication skills are used by helpers to accomplish these tasks including information sharing, empathy, helper self-disclosure, immediacy & principles of effective challenging.
GERO 3306: Dementia Studies *
This course familiarizes students with various forms of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Methods of caring for dementia patients in institutional & external settings are examined. Students are required to assist in the care of a dementia patient.
GERO 3307: Music Therapy & Aging
This course will outline the principles of music therapy & their application to the geriatric & Alzheimer/dementia populations for musicians & non-musicians.
GERO 3326: Food & Nutrition in Later Life *
This course critically examines nutrition for older adults. Students become acquainted with dietary guidelines for older adults, as well as specific nutritional problems that older adults may encounter. After taking this course, students are able to identify problems with nutrition of a specific older adult & assist a dietician in the design of a meal plan for older adults.
GERO 3327: Mental Health & Aging
This course explores psychiatric disorders common in later life. Students are also introduced to interventions related to these diseases (e.g., psychopharmacology, behaviour therapy). By the end of this course, students are able to assess a patient & to discuss possible interventions with a qualified psychiatrist.
GERO 3806: Special Topics in Gerontology
This course addresses a selected topic in gerontology. Topics may vary from year to year.
GERO 4015: Thesis
This course is intended to activate in students the motivation, critical thinking skills & level of confidence necessary to conduct gerontological research in an area of interest to them for which appropriate faculty supervision is available. Specifically, this course will facilitate the completion of a thesis & help to prepare students for entry into practice or graduate school. Students will learn how to develop a research idea, how to look for important & useful sources, how to write proposals, how to design the research & collect the necessary data, & how to present the results verbally & in writing, in a professional manner.
GERO 4206: Public Policy for Canada’s Aging Population
This course introduces gerontology students to public policies that impact Canada’s aging population. Students learn about public policy, public administration, & policy analysis & apply this learning to policies, programs & services related to health care, continuity of care, & caregiving.
GERO 4236: Aging & Human Physical Activity
This course describes the physical/physiological changes associated with aging. It explores both the effects that physical activity can have on other aging processes & the impact these aging process can have on health, fitness & the ability to carry out activities of daily living. Assessment of & strategies for age appropriate physical activities are discussed.
GERO 4257: Gerosex II
This course explores and critically assesses the sexual and reproductive changes that take place in older adults, including the social, psychological, and emotional consequences of these changes. Emphasis is placed on the research on sexual health concerns and dysfunctions in later life as well as care management options.
* Courses available via distance education