This course will explore the comparative situation of older women and men in different cultures and different historical periods within western societies. The cultural and social-structural determinants of their changing status will be examined through alternative theoretical perspectives within sociology. The social construction of 'elderly' as a status will be explored through how older people are perceived, described, talked about, and interacted with within everyday behaviour, and how these relations may be 'negotiated' by the elderly themselves. The political economy of aging focuses upon disparities of income, and the determinants and effects of poverty on the lives of older people. Prerequisite: GERO 1013 or SOCI 1003.

This course examines issues involving how one's gender affects one's experience of aging. It looks at how the field of gerontology has traditionally dealt with the concept of gender as well as the feminization of old age, and how this has affected both women's and men's experiences of aging.

This course introduces students to basic concepts, theories, and processes in providing counselling to older adults.

This is the capstone seminar for students majoring in Gerontology at STU.

This course will provide students with an overview of the varied meanings of active and successful aging, and the different ways to promote it. The course is divided in three parts. In the first part of the course, we will critically examine different definitions of active and successful aging (active, successful, productive, positive, harmonious, healthy aging and others), stressing their similitudes and differences and their consequences in terms of social policy. In the second part, we will pay close attention to the different activities that have been included under the concept of active and successful aging: leisure activities, learning activities, grandparenting, caregiving, paid work, volunteering and political participation. Finally, we will analyze policies and programs for promoting active and successful aging from a critical lens.