Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Danse Macabre: Perspectives on Life and Death in Western Literature
Join us over three Saturdays to explore end-of-life issues from the perspective of writers and artists from classical antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Romantic and Modernist eras and the present day. Learn how societies, under the shifting influences of religion and philosophy, have thought about death and its connection to living.
We will focus on recurring themes around death—taboos, fears and curiosity—as they’ve developed in Western consciousness. Including other art forms to enrich our exploration, we will consider how literature has represented the points of view of the dying, the bereaved, caregivers and medical professionals over time.
This is the third course in a new series on end-of-life matters at SFU Continuing Studies. The courses can be taken individually, and are of interest to health professionals, legal professionals, policymakers, researchers, gerontologists, psychologists, social workers, educators and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the increasingly complex field of end of life.learn more →
Annie Watson Student Bursary
The Annie Watson Student Bursary provides financial support for adult learners who cannot otherwise participate in courses offered to adults 55+ by the SFU Liberal Arts and 55+ Program. The family of the late Annie Watson, a student in the program, helped establish the bursary in 2011. Since then, both students and instructors have contributed to the fund. The bursary covers a significant amount of course registration fees.
Bursary students are eligible to take up to two courses in the fall and spring terms, one course in the summer term. Bursary students pay a reduced rate of $25 per course.
To be eligible you must have a gross income of $24,328 or less for a single person and $30,286 or less for couples married or in a common-law relationship.
To apply for the bursary, please call 778-782-5212 to arrange a meeting with the Program Director. You will need to bring a completed application form and proof of your income (your most recent Income Tax Notice of Assessment).
Once approved, your status as a bursary student is valid for 12 months. You are allowed to reapply for the bursary each year; however, you will need to show updated proof of income.
How do I register for courses?
Once you have been approved as a bursary student, please speak to the Program Assistant (778-782-5212) to register for courses. Please note, to receive the reduced course rate, you will not be able to register online.
See the Continuing Studies non-credit cancellation/refund policy for information.
Please note that bursary students are not eligible to transfer classes. Please pick your classes carefully.