Spring 2022 - GERO 101 D100

Aging and Society (3)

Class Number: 6556

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Wed, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2022
    Wed, 12:00–12:00 p.m.



Introduces the social, psychological, and physical dimensions of aging. Largely based on the Canadian context, but will also include international research and knowledge. Students who have taken GERO 300 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This multidisciplinary course will explore aging in terms of demographic change, its social, economic and cultural context, and how policies and health and welfare services have evolved to respond to aging populations. The course will comprise both lectures and class activities on different themes each week. While the focus will be on Canada, a global perspective will be an important feature. Key topics will include: ageism, healthcare, healthy lifestyles and active aging, housing and transportation, work and employment, technology, and community action. There will be an emphasis on using this knowledge to identify directions for innovation and positive change as we all grow older.


* Understand the key challenges of aging in the 21st Century

* Describe the psychological, social, political and economic implications of an aging population

* Identify how diversity (e.g., gender and ethnicity) affects the experience of aging

* Develop capacity to think, read and write critically


  • Micro-assignment #1- Ageing Challenge 20%
  • Micro-assignment #2- Persona and scenario 20%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Final Exam (Take Home) 20%
  • Class Participation 10%



Readings will be distributed in class

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