Sociology (SOCI) 331

Exposed! Sociology of Environment and Aging (Revision 2)

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: Exposed! Sociology of Environment and Aging 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

There are numerous required readings and short videos from a variety of sources for this course. All required readings, videos, and other course materials are available on the course website.

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, March 4, 2021.