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GERON 100 F 0.5
Introduction to Gerontology
This course represents a first introduction to the study of aging and as such will provide a survey of the major biological, psychological and social aspects of aging. It will be of interest to those who want to obtain some basic knowledge about growing old and being old, and it can also serve as the first step towards a more specialized study of these phenomena.
Cross-listed as HLTH 150
Antireq: Students who have completed any of the following courses require permission of instructor GERON 255/SCI 255, GERON 352/HLTH 352/KIN 352/SOC 352, GERON 217/PSYCH 217/ HLTH 217, GERON 218/PSYCH 218/ HLTH 218, GERON 400/HLTH 400.


GERON 210 W 3C 0.5
Growth, Development and Aging
The physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined, with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes.
Prereq: BIOL 230, 273
Cross-listed as HLTH 210, KIN 210

GERON 217 3C 0.5
Aging and Basic Psychological Processes
What processes change as adults age? Is the idea of age-related decline in functioning a myth? The course deals with processes such as memory, perception, intelligence, and problem-solving. It also outlines the problems in interpreting developmental research.
Prereq: PSYCH 101
Cross-listed as HLTH 217/PSYCH 217

GERON 218 W 3C 0.5
Aging, Dying and Death
An examination of the psychological aspects of aging and the traditional and recent literature relating to various views on the reality of death in human life. Therapy with dying individuals is reviewed and evaluated.
Prereq: PSYCH 101 or permission of instructor
Offered at St. Jerome's College
Cross-listed as HLTH 218/PSYCH 218

GERON 220 F 3C 0.5
Health and the Family
The course focuses on the family as the basic social unit responsible for the development and maintenance of the effective physical and mental health of its members. The interaction of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors will be considered as the family is examined using a lifespan approach.
Prereq: HLTH 101/102 or PSYCH 101 and recommended SOC 101
Cross-listed as HLTH 220

GERON 245 F 3C 0.5
The Canadian Health Care System
This course examines the Canadian health care system by considering organizational principles, health resources, service utilization, health care planning and health promotion strategies. There is a focus on societal and political issues which affect the health of the society through the delivery system.
Prereq: Health Studies or Gerontology students only or permission of instructor
Cross-listed as HLTH 245

GERON 255 W 0.5
The Biology of Aging
An introductory study of the biological processes of aging at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels. Topics include an examination of the theories of aging, methods used to study the aging process, the role of diseases and chronological changes in the organism during senescence.
Cross-listed as SCI 255


GERON 352 W 0.5
Sociology of Aging
An introduction to individual and population aging. Topics discussed include: aging from a historical and comparative perspective; aging in subcultures; aging and the social structure; aging and social processes; aging and the environment; work and retirement; and aging and leisure patterns.
Cross-listed as HLTH 352, KIN 352, SOC 352


GERON 400 W 0.5
Multidisciplinary Seminar on Aging
Faculty and students from various departments meet to discuss individual and population aging from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics include the definition of aging, the demography of aging, evolutionary and genetic factors, aging as a social process, and human aging patterns. Students wishing to enrol in this seminar must have completed at least six of the courses towards the Diploma/Minor (including a statistics course) and must consult the Undergraduate Officer before preregistering.
Cross-listed as HLTH 400

Directed Studies in Special Topics
For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through independent research and/or extensive reading. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to registration for this course. Open to exceptional students who have permission of the instructor and the Undergraduate Officer of the program.

GERON 402 2C 0.5
Epidemiology of Aging
Factors contributing to various disease processes, with special reference to quantitative evaluation of environmental factors relevant to human disease and aging.

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