An examination of the elements of the research process. Emphasis will be given to various methodologies that are used for research in family studies and gerontology, and attention will be given to the philosophies underlying quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Fundamentals of Social Gerontology
An examination of theoretical perspectives affecting individual and societal aging and an overview of contemporary issues affecting older adults. Students will analyze scholarly literature on family relationships, economic security, retirement, health and other issues of specific interest to class registrants.
Family Life Education
An examination of the theoretical principles and methodological approaches employed in planning and implementing family life education programs within the variety of disciplines focusing on families and individuals across the life course. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the philosophies underpinning their practice. A critical perspective will be employed.
Aging, Health and Community
An examination of issues regarding individual, community and population health and aging. Health promotion, chronic disease management and social determinants affecting physical and mental health of older people are considered. Policies and practices to improve health outcomes of older populations are evaluated.
Family Relations Across the Life-Course0.5 unit
An examination of social and psychological factors affecting contemporary family life with particular emphasis on roles, dynamics, and pathways across the life course. Students will analyze scholarly literature as a foundation for critique of interactional and societal dynamics.
Critical Theories in Family Studies and Gerontology
An advanced theory course designed to develop analytical skills and critical thinking. The focus is on current social scientific theories and their implications for family studies and gerontology.
Family Violence Across the Life Course
An analysis of family violence across the life course, covering intimate partner violence, child abuse, sibling, parent, and adolescent violence, and the abuse of older adults. Theoretical and practical perspectives will be developed through the course. An understanding of family violence from a critical ecological perspective will serve as a recurring theme throughout all discussions and analysis. Note: Students who have received credit for FSGN 3314 may not take this course for credit.
Program Planning: Implementation and Evaluation0.5 unit
A study of the philosophy, concepts and practices of planning and implementing a range of programs related to family studies and gerontology. Development of a rationale for program planning, identification of socio-economic influences and characteristics of learners, selection of content and process, organization of program implementation, and evaluation of outcomes will be studied.
Social Policies on Family and Aging0.5 unit
This is an advanced course in the analysis and development of social policies relating to the family and the elderly. The focus is on how policy is developed, the relationship between research and policy, and how to critically analyze existing policies.
Special Topics0.5 unit
These courses are designed to allow students to study in greater depth a topic in family studies and gerontology that is treated only briefly in another graduate course or not covered in another graduate course. Note: No more than 0.5 unit of credit towards a graduate degree may be acquired through special topics.
Directed Study0.5 unit
Prerequisites: permission of the department Chair and the faculty member involved
Independent examination of the research literature designed to meet the special needs of individual graduate students. The graduate student will make arrangements with the faculty member in advance of registration. Note: No more than 0.5 unit of credit towards a graduate degree may be acquired through directed study.
Seminar in Family Studies and Gerontology
Prerequisites: 3.0 units of credit in the Master of Family Studies and Gerontology program or permission of the instructor
A synthesis of research and practice in Family Studies and Gerontology. Students will reflect upon their learning throughout the degree and apply their research/theoretical ideas to practical contexts in Family Studies and Gerontology through the development of a project planned in consultation with a faculty member.
Thesis 1.5 units
Required for completion of the MA(FSG) degree. Registration involves working with individual faculty members on the conceptualization, production, and defence of the thesis.