Please note that courses listed are subject to change and may not be offered every term.
*Denotes a course that is available via online learning.
*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 and the marginalization of the elderly, the course will examine why we age, what impact aging has on the person and how we attempt to adapt to aging in our relationships and lifestyles. Most importantly, the course will attempt to develop a positive understanding of being old, as an opportunity for creating new meaning and for cultivating the force of character. (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 1016 and GERO 1015.
*GERO 1017: Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada
This course will examine the various ways the elderly are supported and cared for in Canada. Health care, long-term care, kinship, social policy, housing and transportation, leisure, and spirituality are topics that are covered as they relate to the elderly. As well, the course will familiarize students with possible careers in the field of applied Gerontology. (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 1017 and GERO 1015.
*GERO 2016: Optimal Aging I
This course outlines optimal aging in terms of historical, cultural, psychological, physical, and personality theories or perspectives of aging. Emphasis will be made on recognizing older adults as a heterogeneous population that is entitled to supportive environments. (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 2016 and GERO 2015.
*GERO 2017: Optimal Aging II
This course studies optimal aging in greater detail in terms of productivity, spirituality, social theories, social supports, sexuality, and end-of-life issues. Emphasis is placed on recognizing caregiving and supportive environments in association with aging. PREREQ: 18 university credits (lec 3) cr 3. Students many not retain credit for both GERO 2017 and GERO 2015.
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 and cultural wellbeing, are discussed. (lec 3) cr 3.
*GERO 2207: Public Policy for Culturally Diverse Aging Populations
This course explores public policies that impact on Canada’s aging population. Topics include the historical context of major public health policies, how policiesare made in Canada, current public policies, programs, and services related to health, health determinants, and culturally diverse older adults. PREREQ: 18 university credits (lec 3) cr 3. Students many not retain credit for both GERO 2207 and GERO 4206.
*GERO 2226: End-of-Life Care with Older Adults
A review of the history and current practices for end-of-life care (palliative care, hospice care) establishes the context of this course. Students learn about the physical, mental and spiritual concerns of older adults as these older adults face their own death or the death of a loved one. Strategies for meeting these concerns are discussed in terms of non-medical, physical, mental and spiritual comfort. Additional discussion topics include: family dynamics at the end of life, advanced directives, funeral rites, body disposal, bereavement care and working in a multidisciplinary care environment. The method of instruction involves lectures, films and guest speakers. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 2236: Fit for Life: Physical Activity and Aging
This course explores the dynamic between physical fitness and overall well-being in later life. Experiential learning through in-class physical activity (tai chi, stretching, yoga, dance, or other forms of movement) fosters reflection on course concepts. Fitness, well-being, and functional capacity of older adults; physical and psycho-social effects of short and long-term exercise on older adults; assessment of and strategies for age-appropriate physical activity; and Masters athletes are discussed. PREREQ: 18 university credits (exp / lec3) cr3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 2236 and GERO 4236 or PHED 4236.
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 and current trends in the field will be critically examined as they relate to the field of gerontology. Client/ patient assessment and the identification of therapeutic goals will also be addressed. Relevant factors such as dementia, end of life issues, the effects of stroke (eg aphasia), physical disability, loss/grief, and family dynamics will be explored as they relate to art therapy. The concepts of “best practice”, “the reflective practitioner”, confidentiality, and ethical considerations will be examined throughout the course with respect to working with older persons. The inclusion of case studies, role play and art therapy experientials will provide students with opportunities to critically examine and apply relevant therapeutic skills. (lec 3) cr 3.
*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. (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 2257 and GERO 4257.
*GERO 3016: Critical Skills for the Gerontologist I
This course addresses critical skills for the gerontologist. Topics- include managing continuity and change with seniors, policy analysis and development, demographics/epidemiological analysis, professionalism and code of ethics, and end-of-life legal and ethical issues. PREREQ: 18 university credits. (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 3016 and GERO 3015.
*GERO 3017: Critical Skills for the Gerontologist II
This course addresses interpersonal communication with seniors, behavioral concerns, case assessment, program evaluation, proposal and report writing and advocacy. PREREQ:18 university credits. (lec 3) cr 3
*GERO 3106: Counselling Older Adults
The course provides approaches to gerontological counselling. The focus is on the Canadian context enriched by considerations of other cultural perspectives and worldviews. Topics include the counselor role and the counselling process,; the major theoretical orientations used in counselling older adults, and the development of counselling skills. PREREQ:18 university credits or permission of the Chair. (Lec 3) Cr 3
*GERO 3107: Internship in Gerontology
An introduction to the practice of gerontology through an internship experience in the community. Students work within settings such as a centre for seniors, a seniors’ focused program within an agency, or in a seniors’ care facility or residence. The course provides both practical experience and the opportunity for reflection and criticism of gerontological theory. PREREQ: GERO 1015 and GERO 3106. (lec 3) cr 3.
*GERO 3126: Applied Research Methods in Gerontology I
This course provides students with theoretical knowledge and methodological skills necessary to conduct applied research in the field of Gerontology. PREREQ: STAT 2126 and either PSYC 2127 or SOCI 2127. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 3127: Applied Research Methods in Gerontology II
This course is a continuation of GERO 3126, with an emphasis on conducting research in the field of Gerontology and will familiarize students with the issues of seniors and how these might relate especially to rural and northern areas in Canada. As a group, students will be required to conduct an applied research project under the supervision of the course instructor. Participants will design a survey questionnaire, collect and analyze data using SPSS and write a final report. PREREQ: GERO 3126. (lec 3) cr 3.
*GERO 3206: Ethnogerontology
This course examines aging in Canada from an ethnic perspective. Topics include the family and community, the life course, death and dying, health, and economics, as well as theory and methodology in ethnogerontology. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 3207: Health Challenges in Aging
Designed as an elective for students in all disciplines, this course examines perceptions of aging held by the elderly, family, health professionals and community; physical and psycho-social changes; health, health promotion and maintenance, and healthcare policy in relation to quality of life. Students have contact with healthy elderly persons in the community. Class time includes lectures, the use of case studies and student presentations. In seminars, the multidisciplinary group, from its diverse experiences, identifies the issues arising from the interplay between the elderly and society at large. (lec 1.5, tut 1.5) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 3207 and NURS 3107.
*GERO 3216: The Aging Body
This course examines the aging of the human body from a broad biological perspective. It explores the impact of aging on changes associated with tissues, cells, and sub-cellular components. PREREQ: 18 university credits or permission from the Chair. (lec 3) cr 3
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 and responding are developed. The student learns to demonstrate respect, warmth and genuineness in a one-to-one clinical relationship. The ability to enter the other’s frame of reference is practiced and 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, and is invited to explore the values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that impact on the development of helping skills. PREREQ: GERO 1016/7, GERO 2016/7 and GERO 3106. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 3302: Clinical Gerontology II
A continuation of GERO 3301, with the addition of new core concepts of facilitative self-disclosure, advanced empathy, immediacy and confrontation. Effective helpers are committed to understanding clients as well as the ways in which they experience themselves and the world in general. Effective helpers invite clients to challenge themselves so as to examine new perspectives and to set realistic goals and 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 and principles of effective challenging. The process of challenging others requires self-confrontation and further exploration of one’s personal life philosophy. Once again, the learner is asked to explore her/his personal values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that impact on the development of helping skills. PREREQ: GERO 3301. (lec 3) cr 3.
*GERO 3306: Dementia Studies
This course familiarizes students with various forms of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Methods of caring for dementia patients, both outside and inside institutional settings, are examined. Students are required to assist in the care of a dementia patient. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 3307: Music Therapy & Aging
This course outlines the principles of music therapy and their application to the geriatric and Alzheimer/dementia populations for musicians and non-musicians. (lec 2, exp 1) cr 3. Crosslisted with MUSC 3207. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 3307 and MUSC 3207.
*GERO 3326: Food & Nutrition in Later Life
This course addresses concepts of nutrition, nutrients, changing nutrition requirements of the aging adult, the health consequences of malnutrition, and, nutritional remediation of physiological pathologies associated with the elderly. Prerequisites: 18 university credit or permission from the Chair. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 3327: Mental Health & Aging
This course explores psychiatric disorders common in later life. Students will also be introduced to interventions related to these diseases (i.e. psychopharmacology, behaviour therapy). At the end of the course, students will be able to assess a patient and to discuss possible interventions with a qualified psychiatrist. (lec 3) cr 3.
GERO 3806: Special Topics in Gerontology
This course addresses a selected topic in gerontology. Topics may vary from year to year. Prerequisites: 18 university credits. (lec/sem 3) /cr. 3
GERO 4096: Directed Studies
This course consists of directed readings in a particular area of interest in the field of Gerontology. The work is supervised by a faculty member. PREREQ: 18 credits in GERO on permission of the department (sem 3) cr 3.
*GERO 4206: Public Policy for a Culturally Diverse Aging Population
This course analyses public policies that impact on Canada’s aging population. The course explores the historical context and the political process for health policy development. A policy analysis triangle is applied to investigate current policies, programs, and services related to health and cultural diverse older adults. Students cannot attain credit for GERO 2207 and GERO 4206. Prereq. 30 university credits or permission from the Chair. (lec/sem 3) cr 3
GERO 4236: Fit for Life: Analysis of Physical Activity and Aging
This course analyses the dynamic between physical fitness and overall well-being in later life. Experiential learning through in-class physical activity (tai chi, stretching, yoga, dance, or other forms of movement) fosters reflection on course concepts. Fitness, well-being, and functional capacity of older adults; physical and psycho-social effects of short and long-term exercise on older adults; assessment of and strategies for age-appropriate physical activity to support activities of daily living; and Masters athletes are analysed. (Prerequisites 18 credits in gerontology or permission of the department. (exp / lec3) cr3. Students may not retain credit for GERO 4236 and GERO 2236 or PHED 4236
*GERO 4257: Gerosex II
The course critically assesses sexual and reproductive changes in older adults. Emphasis is placed on research on sexual health concerns and dysfunctions in later life as well as care management options. Prereq: 30 university credits or permission of the Chair. (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both GERO 4257 and GERO 2257.
GERO 4301: Seminar
This seminar course addresses current debates in the field of aging. Topics may vary from year to year. Students conduct academic research and literature review, which they will reflect upon using Gerontological perspectives and theories. Emphasis will be placed on analyses of concepts and controversies in the study of aging. (lec 3) cr 3
GERO 4306: Service Delivery in Long-Term Care
This course covers service delivery of long-term care in the context of current social structures. The complexities of the healthcare system are examined as well as the political processes and legislation that impact on the delivery of long-term care. Discussion includes the administrative issues and trends in the provision of services to culturally diverse clients and conditions in both community and institutional environments. (lec 3) cr 3
Gerontology Pool of Electives
Please note that courses listed are subject to change and may not be offered every term.
||Human Biological Variation, Adaptations and Health
||Public Health and Epidemiology
||Understanding and Using Financial Information
||The Decorated Body As Communication
|COST 2446E/RLST 2446E
||The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I
|COST 2447E/RLST 2447E
||The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II
||Men and Aging
||End-of-Life: Care With Older Adults
||Fit for Life
||Art Therapy and Aging
||Counselling with Older Adults 1
||Health Challenges in Aging
||The Aging Body
||Clinical Gerontology I
||Clinical Gerontology II
|GERO 3307E/MUSC 3207E
||Music Therapy in Aging
|GERO 3315E/RLST 3315E
||Life Journeys: Transitios, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality
||Food and Nutrition in Later Life
||Mental Health and Aging
|GERO 3336E/RLST 3326E
||Religion and the Elderly
|GERO 3337E/RLST 3327E
||Ethical Issues and the Elderly
||Special Topics in Gerontology
||Health Policy Analysis
||Physical Activity and Aging
||Service Delivery of Long-Term Care
||Aboriginal Health and Wellness
||Food, Ritual and Religion
||Family Sociology I
||Sociology of Aging
||Political Economy of Social Welfare
||Human Service Organizations
||Women and Aging
||Women’s Health Issues