Summer 2023 - GERO 300 OL01

Introduction to Gerontology (3)

Class Number: 4876

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 9, 2023
    Wed, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Examination of the aging process from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Physical and health factors in aging, economic and vocational factors in aging, family and community relations of older people, social policy and politics of aging. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on normal aging. Students who have taken GERO 101 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


What will life look like for us when we are 75? How would we spend our time? Where would we live? This introductory course is a breadth social science course that uses an interdisciplinary perspective to provide an overview of the socio-cultural aspects of aging within a Canadian context. It explores the influence of the broader social context on the individual experience of aging and the diversity of the aging experience that results. Topics covered include attitudes and stereotypes about aging, demographic trends, informal and
formal caregiving, health care, environment and aging, and end-of-life issues.


1. Population Aging: Understand the scope and impact of population aging at the local and global level. Differentiate among key terms and concepts related to aging.
2. Ageism: Identify and critique stereotypes/beliefs about aging and articulate the impacts of Ageism
3. Diversity and Context: Recognize sources of diversity in the aging experience and describe the impact of environment, gender, race/ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic status on
older people.
4. Individual Health, Social and Psychological Aspects: Explain age-related progression/change in physical, psychological and social domain of individuals. Identify key concepts/theory in these areas and link to real world scenarios
5. Social Support and Care Comprehend that social engagement, support and care is bi-directional for older adults and their family/friends and reframe older adults as assets rather than liabilities to society. Articulate key concepts/theory in these areas and link to real world scenarios.
6. Healthcare and Retirement/ Work: Articulate societal/institutional rules, regulations and policy on aging in the area of healthcare, work/retirement. Identify gaps in services/programs.


  • Assignment 1 15%
  • Assignment 2: Research Paper 25%
  • PERSONA Assignment 15%
  • Class participation and discussion 10%
  • Final Exam 35%





Aging and the Life Course: Introduction to Social Gerontology by Jill Quadagno. (2022). 8th Edition (ALC) + READINGS (Posted in CANVAS).

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