SPECIALIZATION IN GERONTOLOGY


Graduate Program Co-ordinator M.L. Kelley
Collaborative Faculty:  
(Education) S. Agbo,
  H. Fennell
(Kinesiology) J. Farrell,
  J. McAuliffe,
  W. Montelpare,
  I. Newhouse,
  J. Taylor
(Psychology) G. Hayman,
  B. O'Connor,
  M.J. Stones
(Public Health) M. Bedard,
  L. McDougall,
  P.Sevean
(Social Work) R. Delaney,
  M.L. Kelley,
  M. McKee,
  D. Tranter,
  J. Zamparo
(Sociology) G. Genosko,
  S.D. Stone

Lakehead University established Ontario's first Collaborative Graduate Program in Gerontology in 1995. While interdisciplinary in nature, the program is administratively housed in the Faculty of Professional Schools. The collaboration of the five academic units provides students with an innovative interdisciplinary perspective. The specialization is designed for students who have been admitted into master's degree programs in Education, Kinesiology, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, or Sociology. Upon completion of the program, the degree awarded specifies the discipline of the participating academic unit and notes the Specialization in Gerontology.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students wishing to acquire a graduate degree with a Specialization in Gerontology must be admitted to the graduate program in one of the collaborating academic units - Education, Kinesiology, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work or Sociology. Once a student has been accepted as a graduate student in one of these academic units, the application will be reviewed for approval by the Gerontology Graduate Committee. Preference will be given to students who have a major or minor in Gerontology, have taken undergraduate courses in gerontology or with gerontology content, or have relevant work or volunteer experience dealing with issues of aging.

Students normally apply for acceptance to the Collaborative Program with Specialization in Gerontology at the same time as they apply for admission to the graduate program of the collaborating academic unit. However, in exceptional cases, students may apply for admission to the Gerontology Specialization during their first year of graduate studies. Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

 

PROGRAMS

The Specialization in Gerontology consists of two required half courses and a thesis or project. Students in Education may choose to prepare a thesis or portfolio. The students must complete Gerontology 5710 and Gerontology 5790 (non-credit seminar). Students who have been approved by the Gerontology Graduate Committee receive academic counselling by the Gerontology Graduate Co-ordinator.

Thesis or Project
The thesis, project or portfolio, taken in the collaborating academic unit, must have a gerontological focus. Students must have a supervisor who is approved as a core faculty member in Gerontology. In exceptional circumstances, with approval of the Gerontology graduate committee, there may be joint supervision by a member of the student's academic unit and a gerontology faculty member. Two members of each student's committee must be gerontology faculty and one of these must be from an academic unit outside the primary discipline. The inclusion of a committee member from outside students' primary academic unit supports Gerontology's interdisciplinary focus.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS OF COLLABORATING DEPARTMENTS

1. EDUCATION
MEd (Specialization in Gerontology)
Students wishing to pursue the Gerontology Specialization must choose Gerontology 5710 as an elective, attend Gerontology 5790, and include aging as a construct of the research thesis or portfolio.

2. KINESIOLOGY
MSc Kinesiology (Specialization in Gerontology)

Students wishing to pursue the Gerontology Specialization must choose Kinesiology 5730 and Gerontology 5710 as electives, attend Gerontology 5790, and include aging as a construct of the research thesis.

3. PUBLIC HEALTH
MPH Health Studies (Specialization in Gerontology)
MPH Specialization in Nursing (Specialization in Gerontology)

Students wishing to pursue the Gerontology Specialization must choose Gerontology 5710 as an elective and attend Gerontology 5790. The project or research thesis must include aging as a focus.

4. PSYCHOLOGY
MA Clinical Psychology (Specialization in Gerontology)
MSc Experimental Psychology, General Experimental Stream (Specialization in Gerontology)
MSc Experimental Psychology, Applied Health Research Stream (Specialization in Gerontology)

Students wishing to pursue a Gerontology Specialization in Psychology must choose Gerontology 5710 as an elective, attend Gerontology 5790 and include aging as a focus of the research thesis. Gerontology 5710/5790 may need to be taken in addition to existing MA or MSc requirements.

5. SOCIAL WORK
MSW (Specialization in Gerontology)

Students wishing to pursue the Gerontology Specialization must choose Gerontology 5710 as an elective and attend Gerontology 5790. The practicum and project or research thesis must include aging as a focus.

6. SOCIOLOGY
MA Sociology (Specialization in Gerontology)

Students in the Gerontology Specialization must take Gerontology 5710 as an elective, attend Gerontology 5790 and include aging as a focus of their research thesis or research project.

 

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Gerontology 5710
Research and Theory in Gerontology
An interdisciplinary investigation of research and theory in gerontology with emphasis on the aging process from biological, psychological and sociological perspectives.

Gerontology 5790
Gerontology Research Seminar
Each student is required to attend this seminar in which students present their research topic to all others enrolled in the Gerontology Specialization.
A non-credit required course.
Restricted to students in the Gerontology Specialization.


See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies - Information/Regulations
Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology - Undergraduate

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