Sociology (SOCI) 331

Environmental Influences on Development and Aging Across the Life Course (Revision 1)

SOCI 331

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Sociology 331: Environmental Influences on Development and Aging Across the Life Course is a three-credit, intermediate level course that explores how and why environmental factors can affect your health across the life course. It also explores strategies for prevention of such diseases as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.


  • Unit 1: Canada’s Demographics, Health Profile, and Environmental Record
  • Unit 2: Sociological Concepts Related to Environmental Influences on Health
  • Unit 3: How and Why Environmental Factors Can Affect Successful Aging
  • Unit 4: Social and Environmental Influences on Human Development and Aging
  • Unit 5: Social and Environmental Influences on Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Asthma, and Neurological Diseases
  • Unit 6: Social and Environmental Influences on Cancer
  • Unit 7: Impacts of the Global Environment on Development and Aging
  • Unit 8: Challenging Environmental and Occupational Health Hazards


Credit for SOCI 331 is based on the grades you achieve on three tutor-marked assignments and a final examination. You must achieve a grade of D (50 percent) on the final examination and a minimum overall course grade of D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 35%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator or at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an internet connection and an accepted web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre. For more information on AU’s Online Exam Project please visit the Office of the Registrar site.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials (online)

Principal Required Readings

Portions of:

Cooper K, Marshall L, Vanderlinden L, and Ursitti F. (2011). Early Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals/Pollution and Associations with Chronic Disease: A Scoping Review. A report from the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Environmental Health Institute of Canada.

Portions of:

Stein J, Schettler T, Rohrer B and Valenti M. (2008). Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging: With a Closer look at Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (Nancy Myers, ed.) Science and Environmental Health Network.

Principal Required Videos

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). (2008). Video. The Disappearing Male. CBC Doc Zone, November 7, 2008. (43:43 minutes).

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). (2014). Video. Silence of the Labs. The Fifth Estate. (45:12 minutes).

National Film Board (NFB). (2011a). Video. Pink Ribbons, Inc. Directed by Lea Poole. (97 minutes).

Other Required Reading and Videos

There are numerous additional required readings and short videos from a variety of sources. Some are available on the internet; others can be accessed from the Athabasca University library. All course materials are listed in the Study Guide.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, June 4, 2015.