Aging in Society
This course focuses on multi-disciplinary examination of the ways in which human aging is viewed by society and how these perceptions impact society's response to the practical and socio-political aspects of aging. Students will examine personal attitudes and societal myths and stereotypes of aging and their impact on behaviours toward those who are aging. Drawing on Canadian and international evidence, students will examine aging as a demographic phenomenon and a complex social construct that varies by time and place and intersects with race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and wellness. They will analyze how life transitions are influenced by social perceptions of aging and determine quality of life dimensions in a variety of settings. Students will assess how their own personal history relates to the broader cultural orientations discovered.