Family Studies & Gerontology Department Profile
Bachelor of Applied Arts – Family Studies & Gerontology (BAA FS&G) requires 21 units after Grade XII, including 2 supervised practica. The Gerontology option focuses on issues related to aging. The Family Studies option encompasses a study of individuals and families across the life course.
Certificate in Gerontology for those with at least 5 units of university level courses who undertake an additional 6 units of study in Gerontology. Some Family Studies & Gerontology courses are cross listed under Sociology / Anthropology, Psychology, Women Studies, and Religious Studies, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Peace & Conflict Studies.
Master of Arts in Family Studies & Gerontology (MA FS&G) requires 5 units including a 1 unit thesis.
LC Class Ranges
Current Collecting Intensity by Collection Level Codes
Psychology of Aging
Human Geography. Human Ecology.
Manners and Customs ( General)
Private Life ( Children, Marriage)
Public Life and Social Life
Customs Relative to Birth, Rank, Occupation
Demography and Vital Events
Social Groups. Conflict. Social Forces. Social Psychology
Groups and Organizations
Social Stratification. Social Institutions. Social Change. Social Psychology.
Canada – Social Conditions
Family. Marriage. Women. Feminism.
Widows, Widowers, Widowhood
Aged. Social Gerontology. Retirement.
Death and Dying
Life Skills. Coping Skills. Living Skills. Life Style.
HQ 1 – 2044
Cities and Communities
Social Services and Welfare
Social Services for the Aged. Case Management.
Comparative Law : Domestic Relations
Older People – Education
Medical Ethics. Terminal Care. Dying.
Medical Care Plans. Social Medicine. Medical Sociology.
Personal Health and Hygiene
Mental Health. Mental Health Services.
Medical Centres. Nursing Homes.
Households: Logistics. Finance. Management. Care
Family Studies & Gerontology materials are used by students and faculty in Sociology, Psychology, Child & Youth Study, Applied Human Nutrition, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, Education, Political Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, and Public Policy Studies.
Materials are selected by Family Studies & Gerontology faculty and librarians.
Most materials selected in the field of Gerontology are current English language publications which emphasize social gerontology rather than geriatrics. Materials relating to the delivery of services to families and the aged generally have a Canadian focus. Journals are an important resource. Donations of recently published textbooks , Canadian imprints , materials not already held in a Novanet collection ,or which are newer editions of works currently in our collection, are accepted.
Unpublished dissertations, manuscripts, popular works without academic interest, collections of journal article reprints, work books and other consumables. Newsletters are not retained beyond the current year.
Other Local Collections:
Kellogg Health Science Library – Dalhousie. Killam Library – Dalhousie. Patrick Power Library – Saint Mary’s University.