University of Guelph 1998-99 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs


Department of Family Studies, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

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 Major must complete a minimum of [20.00] credits including the core of [13.50] required credits 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 [0.50] Housing and Community Planning
39-101 [0.50] Human Development
80-120 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
86-110 [0.50] Sociology
[0.50] 37-120 or 37-140 or 44-120.

Semester 2

39-201 [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
71-101 [0.50] Nutrition and Society
80-110 [0.50] Principles of Behaviour
[1.00] elective*
*One credit must be 15-102 if the student does not have standing in OAC Biology or equivalent.

Semester 3

26-210 [0.50] Personal and Financial Management
71-205 [0.50] Family and Community Nutrition
89-208 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics I
One of:
40-100 [0.50] Concepts in Human Genetics
80-241 [0.50] Behavioural Basis of Neuroscience, I
98-200 [0.50] Concepts of Physiology
[0.50] elective

Semester 4

26-202 [0.50] Information Management
39-206 [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
78-140 [0.50] Public Management and Administration
89-209 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics II
[0.50] elective

Semester 5

39-306 [0.50] Principles of Social Gerontology
39-307 [0.50] Research Methods - Family Studies
[1.50] electives

Semester 6

39-312 [0.50] Families in Canadian Context
39-340 [0.50] Communication in Family Consultation
54-220 [0.50] Organizational Design and Effectiveness
[1.00] elective

Semester 7

39-406 [0.50] Practicum-Family Studies I
39-410 [0.50] Dynamics of Group and Family Functioning
39-416 [0.50] Issues in Social Gerontology
[1.00] elective

Semester 8

39-426 [0.50] The Aged, Family Relations, and Social Policy
39-428 [0.50] Practicum - Family Studies II
54-300 [0.50] Human Resources Management
[1.00] elective


Courses in different departments which complement the major and which may be taken as electives include:
26-281 [0.50] Social Aspects of Housing
37-284 [0.50] Literature and Aging
39-481 [0.50] Thesis I
39-491 [1.00] Thesis II
49-280 [0.50] The History of the Modern Family
86-346 [0.50] Ethnicity and Aging

Note: students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program should include among their electives both 39-481 and 39-491.

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