Sociology (SOCI) 329

Aging and You: An Introduction to Gerontology (I) (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study with an audio component

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 329 has a Challenge for Credit option.


This innovative course presents aging as a normal developmental process and aims to maximize life potential at every age. Students learn by listening to leading Canadian and internationally recognized gerontologists discuss their research and experiences. Biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging are explored along with the pros and cons of Canadian social policies and programs.


  • Program 1: Aging: A Multi-disciplinary Approach
  • Program 2: Biology of Aging: Theories, Physical Exams, and Changes
  • Program 3: Fitness and Health I: Vision, Hearing, Mobility, and Arthritis
  • Program 4: Fitness and Health II: Nutrition, Appearance, and Sexuality
  • Program 5: Psychology of Aging: Personality, Response/Motivation, Theories/Coping
  • Program 6: Dementia: Alzheimer's and Related Diseases; Strategies for Prevention
  • Program 7: Social Psychology of Aging: Social Interaction, Human Touch, Body Language, Verbal Communication, Communication Problems, and Mutual Assistance
  • Program 8: Social Analysis of Aging I: The Family
  • Program 9: Social Analysis of Aging II: Gender; Retirement Part I—Styles and Life-Styles; Widowhood
  • Program 10: Social Analysis of Aging III: Retirement Part II—Planning, Work, and Leisure
  • Program 11: Social Analysis of Aging IV: Rural versus Urban, Ethnicity, Class
  • Program 12: A Statistical Interlude: Population Aging Issues, Statistics, and Research


To receive credit for SOCI 329, you must submit all assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 60 percent on the final examination and a composite course grade of at least “D”(50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Pre-assignment TME 1 TME 2 TME 3 Final Exam Total
0% 10% 20% 25% 45% 100%

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

Course Materials


Novak, Mark, and Lori Campbell. Aging and Society: A Canadian Perspective. 4th ed. Scarborough: ITP Nelson, 2001.

Novak, Mark, ed. Aging and Society: A Canadian Reader: Scarborough: Nelson Canada, 1995.


Steering Committee for the Government-wide Study on the Impact of the Aging Population on Government Programs and Services. “Report A: Review of Current Government Programs and Services.” Edmonton: Alberta Seniors, June 1999.

Strategic Planning and Policy Branch. “Fact Sheet: A Portrait of Alberta Seniors.” Edmonton: Alberta Seniors. June 2001.

Other Material

The course materials include a course workbook, a student manual, and a set of twelve, one-hour programs on audiotape that correspond with the course workbook.

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 2, January 2006.

Updated November 09 2016 by Student & Academic Services