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Credit will be given for GEOG 391, PSYC 391, SOCI 390 or SOSC 390. These are subject to change. Non-credit community members can also participate and should enroll through Continuing Studies. Registration will open at the end of July 2016, for the course starting on Tuesday, September 13th to November 29, 2016 (12 sessions).

Through film screenings, readings and group discussions, we will explore these central questions: How is the journey through later life depicted in modern films? What are the implications of these depictions for modern society? How do these portrayals relate to the scientific data available on aging and development? Do these films reflect what we have learned and are learning about the aging process from those who have embarked on this later life journey? Do they ring true to our own experiences?

We will watch four feature films: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Savages, Still Mine, and The Lady in the Van.

Denise Cloutier, PhD, Department of Geography
Karen Kobayashi, PhD, Department of Sociology
Holly Tuokko, PhD, Department of Psychology

Tuesdays, September 13 to November 29, 2016 (12 sessions)

5:30 to 8:30PM

$119 plus GST

Course code
ASHI504 2016F C01

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss major issues in later life development from multiple theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives;
  • Analyze visual media for themes relevant to aging and later life;
  • Consider whether the identified themes reflect contemporary popular cultural views on aging and later life;
  • Relate classroom material to everyday-life experiences;
  • Integrate academic literature with thematic analysis of visual media.

Course requirements include attendance to view films, readings, class discussion and individual writing assignments, including a movie review.

The format of the course is one three-hour session per week involving students from the Departments of Geography, Psychology and Sociology as well as non-credit participants enrolling through Continuing Studies.