University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

X--Degree Programs


Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, 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 14.50 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

COST*1800 [0.50] Housing and Community Planning
FRHD*1010 [0.50] Human Development
PSYC*1200 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
SOC*1100 [0.50] Sociology
1 of ENGL*1200, ENGL*1400**renumbered to ENGL*1410**, FREN*1200

Semester 2

FRHD*2010 [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
NUTR*1010 [0.50] Nutrition and Society
PSYC*1100 [0.50] Principles of Behaviour
1.00 elective*

Semester 3

COST*2100 [0.50] Personal Financial Management
NUTR*2050 [0.50] Family and Community Nutrition
STAT*2080 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics I
1 of:
MBG*1000 [0.50] Concepts in Human Genetics
PSYC*2410 [0.50] Behavioural Basis of Neuroscience, I
BIOM*2000 [0.50] Concepts of Physiology
0.50 elective

Semester 4

COST*2020 [0.50] Information Management
FRHD*2060 [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
POLS*1400 [0.50] Public Management and Administration
STAT*2090 [0.50] Introductory Applied Statistics II
0.50 elective

Semester 5

FRHD*3060 [0.50] Principles of Social Gerontology
FRHD*3070 [0.50] Research Methods - Family Studies
1.50 electives

Semester 6

FRHD*3120 [0.50] Families in Canadian Context
FRHD*3400 [0.50] Communication in Family Consultation
HAFA*2200 [0.50] Organizational Design and Effectiveness
1.00 elective

Semester 7

FRHD*4061 [1.00] Practicum - Family Studies
FRHD*4100 [0.50] Dynamics of Group and Family Functioning
FRHD*4160 [0.50] Issues in Social Gerontology
0.50 elective

Semester 8

FRHD*4062 [1.00] Practicum - Family Studies
FRHD*4260 [0.50] The Aged, Family Relations, and Social Policy
HAFA*3000 [0.50] Human Resources Management
0.50 elective

*0.50 of the 1.00 elective in Semester 1 must be BIOL*1020 if the student does not have standing in OAC Biology or equivalent


Courses in different departments which complement the major and which may be taken as electives include:

BIOM*4050 [0.50] Physiology of Aging
COST*1000 [0.50] Marketing
COST*2810 [0.50] Social Aspects of Housing
COST*3040 [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
ENGL*2840 [0.50] Literature and Aging
FRHD*4810 [0.50] Thesis I
FRHD*4910 [1.00] Thesis II
HIST*2800 [0.50] The History of the Modern Family
SOAN*3460 [0.50] Ethnicity and Aging
UNIV*3500 [0.50] Recreation and Tourism Planning

Note: Students intending to apply for admission to a graduate program should include among their electives both FRHD*4810 and FRHD*4910.

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