Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Legal and Ethical Issues in End-of-Life Studies
Join us for three Saturdays as we explore a range of legal and ethical issues relating to death, dying and the end of life. These issues include the extent of the public interest in private death, and how that interest relates to laws about death and dying; legal, medical, ethical and cultural definitions and understandings of death, along with the impact of differences among those definitions; the sometimes difficult legal and ethical questions about who has the right to make end-of-life or life-ending decisions, including the withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment, non-treatment and MAiD (medical assistance in dying). We will explore laws pertaining to the dead. Who makes decisions about the dead? On what basis? We will also consider the extent and ability of the law to assist people to plan for death. To what extent should the dead be enabled, through law, to control the affairs of the living—for example, through legal vehicles such as trusts? At what point do the wishes of the dead impinge on the interests of the living? How does the law mediate that conflict?
Throughout the course we will be examining and discussing several important Canadian judicial decisions that have grappled with difficult questions related to death and dying, including Carter v. Canada, R. v. Rodriguez, Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, Bentley v. Maplewood Seniors Care Society and A.C. v. Manitoba (Director of Child and Family Services). We will engage with these issues directly, using the legal and ethical principles discussed to work through hypothetical “fact patterns” from different professional, personal and philosophical perspectives.
This course will be of interest to health professionals, legal professionals, policy-makers, researchers, gerontologists, social workers, educators and anyone with an interest in the relationship between law and society, the philosophical and ethical issues underlying the law relating to death, dying and end of life, and broader end-of-life studies and issues.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 per semester at 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 meet with the Program Director and 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.