Liberal Arts and 55+ Program
Introduction to End-of-Life Studies
By 2026 the number of Canadians dying each year will increase by 40 per cent, to 330,000. Yet Canada ranks only 11th in the 2015 Quality of Death Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Join us over three Saturdays to explore a comprehensive range of end-of-life issues. Taking a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, you will develop your understanding of today’s rapidly changing approaches to end of life, integrating insights from the medical, scientific, humanities, spiritual, ethical, legal and social science disciplines.
This workshop is intended for health professionals, spiritual advisors, policy-makers, researchers, educators, gerontologists, social workers, alternative medical practitioners, volunteers, caregivers and anyone else interested in the increasingly complex field of end of life. Regardless of your role, this workshop will enhance your ability to participate in improving the end-of-life experience for Canadians.learn more →
Courses and Events
The liberal arts provide you an opportunity to learn for the joy of learning, enhance your creativity, and sharpen your critical thinking skills. We offer a number of options for adults of any age to discover something new.
Registration for our fall courses is now open.
History of ideas
- Maria Virginia Acuña
- Lindsey bat Joseph
- G. Elijah Dann
- Efrat El-Hanany
- William Ellis
- Sarah Ferguson
- Graham Forst
- Penny Freno
- Gordon Gray
- Larry Green
- Rick Hulbert
- Robert Ingram
- Amir Kamyab-Nejad
- Sharon Koehn
- Peter Langer
- Marlene LeGates
- Lisa MacLean
- Mandy Richmond
- Neil Ritchie
- Lealle Ruhl
- Annie Smith
- Marina Sonkina
- Perry Taylor
- Christine Wong
- A Flight of Liberal Arts: Culture, Anarchy and the Abyss: Defending Liberal Arts LIB138
- A Flight of Liberal Arts: “One God! One Farinelli!”: Castrati Singers in Baroque Opera LIB137
- In the Footsteps of the Incas: A Virtual Tour of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador LIB133
- Introduction to End-of-Life Studies LIB129
- Women Artists of Belle Époque Paris LIB134
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