This course provides an introduction to the study of aging in Canada within an interdisciplinary context. The impacts of aging will be explored using demographic data to uncover trends in diversity within the older adult population.
Theories on aging will be examined with a focus on historical developments in the field of gerontology. Common terminology will be discussed. The social construction of aging and ageism in society will be debated. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own personal beliefs, values and attitudes towards aging.