SOCW 356 Selected Students' Posters on Ageing, Ancestry, Old ones, and Elders


SOCW 356 is a core course on human development. In 2019/2020 the School began transforming the course, including improving the curriculum through more global, Indigenous, racialized and updated readings; creating additional units on critical race, and anti-racism in social work,  making space for a SW BiPOC live panel discussion, and revising the assessment and assignments.

One of the objectives was to centre the lived experiences of all students, and reflect their heritage, cultural and community connections and ways of being. We are particularly proud of assignment 2, which required students to reflect and present on ‘Ageing, Ancestry, Old ones, and Elders' for this assignment. Students were given an opportunity to read how aging is theorised and lived across the world, to interview an older person in their family or community, and to present this information in a research poster format. This allowed students to practice storytelling, archival research, and oral interview skills.

It was exciting to see the different ways this was taken up – using collages, a painting, photographs and graphics. Students shared amazing stories of resilience, family traditions, colonial impacts and community connections. We invite you to see a showcase of some of the work produced in SOCW 356.

We thank and acknowledge students for allowing us to share their work.

Click the thumbnails to view 356 student posters from 2020 classes. 

PDF Link - Comparative Views of Ageing in a Multiracial Family, by Izzy Adachi
Izzy Adachi
PDF Link - Aging Perspectives: Eurocentric & Indigenous, by Krystle Alekson
Krystle Alekson
PDF Link - Honoring Traditional Teachings: The Art of Gifting, by Carmin Blomberg
Carmin Blomberg
PDF Link - Cultural Understandings of Ageing and the Intersection of Ageism and Sexism, by Aisha Caynab
Aisha Caynab
PDF Link - Aging and Womanhood: Implications of Eurocentrism, by Emily Collins
Emily Collions
PDF Link - Differing Cultural Perspectives on Ageing: Western, Eastern, and Indigenous, by Michelle Gant
Michelle Gant
PDF Link - Elderspeak: The Reaffirmation of Negative Stereotypes of Elders, by Julia Greer
Julia Greer
PDF Link - Aging and Intersectionality, by Claire Lewis
Claire Lewis
PDF Link - A general view on aging as a Malaysian Chinese Woman, by Jenna Lum
Jenna Lum
PDF Link - Lessons from My Matriarch, by Megan McGill Yates
Megan McGill Yates

PDF Link - Contrasting Cultures, by Jennifer Rensing
Jennifer Rensing
PDF Link - The importance of Grandparents/Elders: Why we would be lost without them, by Lisa Richards
Lisa Richards
PDF Link - Age and Ancestry in South Korea, by Jasmine Roh
Jasmine Roh
PDF Link - Am I Doing Aging Right? By Leah Salsman
Leah Salsman
Link to PDF - Ageing, Old Ones, Ancestry & Elders: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Grandmothers, by Jeff Scotney
Jeff Scotney