University of Guelph 1997-98 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs


Department of Family Studies, College of Family and Consumer Studies.

The Gerontology major is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the aged and the aging experience from social, psychological, and biological perspectives. The major places this study within the broader framework of life span human development and dynamics of functioning in a variety of social contexts. A focus on basic knowledge of aging as well as the application of that knowledge is reflected in required courses and suggested electives.

Students enrolled in the Gerontology major study aging within the perspective of the family. This approach provides the student with a broad, applied social science education as well as a fully integrated package of aging related courses. Students graduate with a degree leading to a variety of professional positions as well as graduate work in family studies, human development, or one of the base social science disciplines.

All students in the Gerontology must complete a minimum of 40 courses including the core of 27 required courses as outlined in the Schedule of Studies. In addition to these core requirements, there are many courses in various departments throughout the University which may be taken as electives. A list of suggested electives follows the description of required courses.


Semester 1

26-180 Housing and Community Planning
39-101 Human Development
80-120 Dynamics of Behaviour
86-110 Sociology
One of 37-120, 37-140, 44-120.

Semester 2

39-201 Couple and Family Relationships
71-101 Nutrition and Society
80-110 Principles of Behaviour
*Two electives.
*One of which must be 15-102 if the student does not have standing in OAC Biology or equivalent.

Semester 3

26-210 Personal and Family Finance
71-205 Family and Community Nutrition
89-208 Introductory Applied Statistics I
One of:
40-100 Concepts in Human Genetics
80-241 Behavioural Basis of Neuroscience, I
98-200 Concepts of Physiology

Semester 4

26-202 Information Management
39-206 Adult Development and Aging
78-140 Public Management and Administration
89-209 Introductory Applied Statistics II
One elective.

Semester 5

39-306 Principles of Social Gerontology
39-307 Research Methods - Family Studies
Three electives.

Semester 6

39-312 Families in Canadian Context
39-340 Communication in Family Consultation
54-220 Organizational Design and Effectiveness
Two electives.

Semester 7

Courses in different departments which complement the major and which may be taken as electives include:
39-406 Practicum-Family Studies I
39-410 Dynamics of Group and Family Functioning
39-416 Issues in Social Gerontology
Two electives.

Semester 8

39-426 The Aged, Family Relations, and Social Policy
39-428 Practicum - Family Studies II
54-300 Human Resources Management
Two electives.


26-281 Social Aspects of Housing
37-284 Literature and Aging
39-405 Mental Health Principles
39-481 Family Studies Thesis I
39-4911:2 Family Studies Thesis II
49-280 The History of the Modern Family
86-308 Social Planning
86-346 Ethnicity and Aging

Note: students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program should include among their electives both, 39-481 and 39-4911:2.

1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Applied Science -- B.A.Sc.

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